Lights Out! Dealing with Power Outages in Your Library

Robertson, Guy
August 2004
Feliciter;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p156
The article discusses the measures that libraries should take in dealing with Power Outages. Many large libraries depend on generators for backup power. Ideally a generator starts up as soon as its sensors detect an outage. To do so, it must undergo regular maintenance and testing, and its fuel tank should be kept full. Librarians must accept the possibility that there's at least one outage in their building's future. Every library should have a supply of flashlights, not just one, but several. These should be stored in conspicuous locations. In staff rooms, cafeterias and offices, flashlights can be mounted on walls. Some electric doors jam shut in an outage. It's necessary to override the electrical system that controls their movement in order to pass through them.


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