As Europe faces one of the most extreme heatwaves in its history, businesses are being urged to address their power and cooling equipment contingency plans.
Any business reliant on power and cooling to function – most notably data centres – is now at higher risk of failure due to extreme temperatures. France recently hit its highest temperature of 45.9°C and the summer heatwave is set to return in full force by the middle of July across the UK, according to weather forecasters.
It is all too common for hot weather to strain equipment. In a worst case scenario during a heatwave, a company could face downtime as a result of several circumstances, including IT equipment overheating, UPSs coming alight, electrical systems failing, power outages and other events.
Onsite power company Aggreko is stressing that while many companies believe they have a contingency plan in place, quite often this is not regularly updated and therefore may pose further risk in the event of an emergency. Any recent change to personnel or building extension, for example, could jeopardise any existing plan in place.
Nick Osborne, Aggreko’s sector sales manager for data centres, said: “Any type of plant failure can cause untold problems for the facilities managers that run them. It is crucial that a contingency plan is carried out meticulously in calm conditions, as health and safety risks are often heightened when people are trying to work under pressure.
“The temperatures we are seeing and expecting in the coming months are high risk. In response, we are ensuring that all our contingency clients are well equipped to deal with any issues, should they arise.
“I would urge any facilities or building managers, who haven’t revisited their contingency plans recently, to get in touch with a reliable supplier as soon as possible.”