Don’t be in the dark. Understanding the Science of Power Outages


Virtually everyone has experienced a power outage at some point in life. Whether the lights go out after a lightning strike, or a fuse blows at the office, power outages occur everyday. The question is… Why? What causes the power to just shut down ?

The truth is that there are many reasons the power shuts down. Most people don’t have a grasp on what causes a power outage, so we’re here to help explain the various causes of power outages and assist you with tips on how to prevent these inconvenient outages.

Main causes of a power outage:

  1. Faults at power stations.
  2. Damage to electric transmission lines, substations or other parts of the distribution system.
  3. A short circuit, or the overloading of electricity mains.

Types of power outages:

  1. A transient fault very brief loss of power due to temporary fault on a power line. Power automatically restores itself once fault is cleared.
  2. A brownout is a brief drop in voltage in an electrical power supply.
  3. A blackout refers to a major fault in powers stations that may last a few minutes or a few weeks, as they are sometimes difficult to repair.

Protecting against power outages:

  1. A surge protector should be purchased for your electronic devices. It is a device that absorbs the excess voltage that occurs during an electrical fault.
  2. An uninterruptable power supply device will protect your computer or telecommunications device by supplying energy stored in batteries or a flywheel.
  3. A backup Generator, perhaps the most important device of all. This will protect your home or business against the inconvenience and damage of a sudden power outage by automatically transferring electrical power to its self when normal the electrical grid fails.

Don’t be in the dark on this vital topic. This information will help you understand the basic causes of an outage and educate you on how to protect yourself and your business in the case of a power outage.

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