Comfort, security, and convenience are not typically the words you would associate with a power outage. But, they definitely can be by permanently installing a backup generator. When utilities fail, a standby generator kicks on within seconds and runs until the utility power is restored.
Thunderstorms and bad weather can hit at any time, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. What should you do when anticipating a power outrage from inclement weather or other catastrophes? Depending on your needs, a generator can be run to cover basic necessities, with larger generators able to supply power to the whole house.
This article will detail what to do when there’s a power outage and how a standby generator can help.
What to Do When Your Home Has a Power Outage
Your home can lose power at any time during a storm. Here is what to do when your home has a power outage:
- Connect with your support network – Check in on those you care about and if you need help, ask for it.
- Keep an eye on alerts – Listen to local weather reports and check notifications by phone, television, or radio. Sign up for local alerts and warnings with the utility company so you can be notified by phone or SMS text message.
- When in doubt, throw out the food – First consume fresh, perishable foods. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to maintain cool temperatures. Food will stay cool in an unopened refrigerator for four hours. Keeping a full freezer at its current temperature for 48 hours (24 hours for a half-full freezer) is no problem if the door is closed. Use a thermometer to check the temperature of food. Discard food that has reached a temperature higher than 40°.
- Prevent power overloads – Disconnect appliances and electronics to prevent damage from power surges. Keep flashlights handy. If you suspect damage, or if local officials instruct you to, turn off the utilities.
Standby Generator Installation
Because standby generators do not produce carbon monoxide, they are deemed safer than portable generators by the American Red Cross. Because they run on natural gas or propane, they are also typically less expensive to run.
The automatic backup generators will start automatically when power is lost and do not require you to carry a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home. No matter if you’re at home or away, the unit automatically turns on when the power goes out and turns itself off when utility power returns. No constant monitoring required!