Electrical outages can be a broiler grower’s worst nightmare – IF the grower is not prepared! Share these tips with your insureds to ensure they are ready for outages.
Make sure the farm's generators can handle a continuous full load with everything running
Check generators regularly throughout the year to ensure they work properly
Make sure there is enough fuel to keep the generator running during power outages
Test generators, transfer switches, alarms, backup controls, and sensors
"There is one sure way to find out if all systems are functioning properly – turn the power off. If a poultry grower is unwilling to walk up to the main disconnect for his entire farm, while birds are in the houses and a high percentage of equipment is running, and turn utility power off without hesitation – then that grower needs to start thinking about why he is unwilling to throw that switch... If a grower is not comfortable testing their electrical system they need to contact a reputable electrician, have the farm’s backup electrical systems examined closely, and make corrective repairs promptly." -National Poultry Technology Center, Auburn University
The first defense in the event of a lighting storm is to make sure the entire farm grounding system is properly installed and maintained.
DO NOT wait until disaster strikes to find out you are insufficiently covered.
Did you know that 92% of Contract Poultry Growers are underinsured and could not recover from a major disaster? Every year family poultry farms go bankrupt because of some sort of catastrophic event after which they realized their insurance programs were woefully insufficient. Do not let this happen to you. Make sure to prepare your farm AND your insurance for disasters.
Click here for the full newsletter from THE National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University that explains further the best ways to avoid electrical catastrophe.
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