Emergency Preparedness During Storms
Being Proactive before a big storm is important for your family and your safety. Hurricanes often have the potential to cause power outages, for example, several homes and buildings lost access to electricity during Hurricane Sandy in Pennsylvania. Even though, most major buildings were supplied with backup generators, some of them got shorted by flooding and powerful Hurricane Sandy. Taking care of the generators potential risk, of being compromised, is vital to meeting your emergency preparedness goals. Below are few tips that you can follow to ensure you are safe and also have your generator for home functioning properly during a massive storm.
Keep your Generator is a Safe Location
Keeping your generator inside the house or in your garage is not recommended. This is because carbon monoxide will build up when the generator is operating, and this can often affect young one in the family. During a storm, you sufficient air circulating in your home, for this reason placing the generator at a safe distance from your house is essential. You can always build a special and protected compartment just next to your garage that can hold the generator while keeping the carbon monoxide outside the house when it is on. Many people buy a generator at Home Depot or Lowes however, to have a permanent backup power option for your home, consider contacting an authorized Generac or Honeywell dealer.
Buy the Correct Adaptors and Electric Cord for your Generator
Choosing the right size of chords and adaptors is an essential process of minimizing risk during emergency preparedness. The right cord sizes ensure the correct current flow is obtained and using several adaptors at once can cause electric shorts and sparks that can give rise to fire. So the appropriate cords and adaptors minimize fire hazard during the heavy storm.
Only Power the most vital Appliances in your Home
Calculating the cumulative wattage of the essential electronic and electrical appliances in your home is crucial to knowing the amount of power you will need the generator to supply. Obviously, lighting and powering your electronics (TV, Radio and Phones) will be on top of the list. In order for you not to overwhelm your generators functionality, in case of a power outage during the storm, it will be important to gauge the total wattage of your powered electrical appliances.
Check your Generator Regularly
Starting your generator at least once every month is a proactive step towards emergency preparedness. This makes sure the machine is functioning properly before the storm and also gives you ample time to contact an electrician to come and fix it in case it is faulty. Additions like the stabilizer keep the gas ‘fresh’ at all times and having some extra gallons of gas will go a long way in helping you in situations where the storm lasts for a week. Just like in cars, you also need to change the generator’s oil once in every two days to keep it optimally functional.
Do Not Open the Door of your Refrigerator Unless it is Important
If you do not have a backup power generator for home, keeping the cold air inside the refrigerator is important for leaving your food preserved for long. Alternatively, you can always make ice before the storm and use it to preserve your food. Place the ice in coolers and only open the cooler when you need to put the ice in the refrigerator.