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Power Outage

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

To RFMA members,

Here in Dallas, we've had some serious rain for the past few months. No complaints but when storms hit, I usually lose power at my house. I'm tired of constantly resetting all the clocks! Summertime is the prime time for electrical storms causing power to be lost. This made me think of what restaurants go thru when electricity is lost.  Following is a brief store procedure checklist that should be utilized when there is a power outage:

- Safety is always first. Get all guests safely out of the building, if weather permits.

- Turn off all electrical equipment immediately at its source. Make sure to turn off the hood exhaust and make up air fans.

- Determine if power is out for just your store or the surrounding area. Go outside and check to see if power is out at neighboring establishments.

- Contact local power company to report electrical loss and get a status update on when power will be restored.

- Report outage to your supervisor and other operational personnel.

- Keep all refrigeration units and walk in cooler/freezer doors shut. Do not open unless absolutely necessary.

- Close lids to topping stations.

- When power is restored, go to electrical panel and slowly switch in the individual breakers on one at a time. Wait approximately one(1) minute between breakers. This will decrease the electrical surge that will occur when power comes back on line.

- Go to individual pieces of equipment and slowly turn them on one(1) at a time. Wait about a minute between each piece of equipment.

- Reset all time clocks accordingly (signage, exterior lights, thermostats, etc.).

- Contact your supervisor if power outage lasts longer than four(4) hours.

Obviously, this list is not good for all restaurants. This can be used as a guide with other steps added for each individual location. For long outages, food safety becomes very important.

Let me know what I missed.

Stay safe !!

Dover and out.

Tags:  electrical outage  power company  power outage  store opening checklist  turning equipment off  turning on equipment 

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