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How to Handle a Summer Power Outage

Power outages are four times as likely to happen today than they were 15 years ago. In general, families and homes use more electricity now than ever before, and the increased pressure on the grid during the warmer months can lead to power outages. Certain families work from their own homes or are caretakers of those who require specialized medical equipment. For these families, power outages can be detrimental or even catastrophic to daily life.

 

Even if you have no specialized needs for your energy, our homes rely on electricity for a majority of the appliances we use and tasks we need to complete every day. Whether they’re caused by storms, heat, or accidents, your family and home need to be prepared to deal with a blackout this summer.

Consider Backup Power Options

One simple way to prepare for power outages this summer is to have an emergency generator installed. Whole home generators pull energy from your propane or natural gas supply which means they have an independent source of energy to pull from in a power outage--which means your home will have power again.

 

Some benefits of whole home generators include:

  • Prevents major power surges once public power is restored

  • Prevents excessive food loss

  • Helps save the life of someone who relies on electrically operated medical equipment

Have an Emergency Plan

A huge part of any emergency is having an emergency plan in place with family members. Make sure the plan is simple enough for dependents to understand and follow in the event that a caretaker or parent isn’t in the home at the time of the outage.

 

The more prepared you are before an emergency power outage the better, but power outages aren’t constant. Power surges and ill-preparation can do damage as well. Follow these tips from The Department of Homeland Security to stay safe during a power outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed to preserve food. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.

  • Keep the house stocked with food supplies that don’t require refrigeration.

  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Portable generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.

  • After your family is accounted for--check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.

  • Go to a public or community location with power if heat is extreme.

  • If you don’t have an independent source of power, turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage to your home.

Call All Services to speak with our team about whole home generator installation, maintenance, or repairs before the peak summer heat hits. Then, follow this link for more tips and resources on how to prepare for an emergency power outage.

Preparation is the best way to keep your home and family safe in case of a blackout this summer. Call All Services today!

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