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What Can One Do if there is a Power Outage?

Friday, December 14, 2018

With a Briggs and Stratton Home Standby generator from Lakepointe Electric, power outages have minimal impact on everyday life. These generators kick in almost instantaneously when power fails and shut off automatically when service is restored. However, if you do not have a Briggs and Stratton Home Standby Generator, there are a few things that you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Dangers Imposed by Power Outages and How to Minimize their Impact

First, it is important to understand the potential impact of power outages. They can:

  • Disrupt communications and transportation options.
  • Cause closures for grocery stores, ATMS, banks, restaurants, and retail facilities.
  • Prevent individuals from using medical devices.
  • Cause perishable food to spoil. And, in some cases, a prolonged power outage can lead to water contamination.

However, according to Ready.Gov.com, residents and business owners can do the following to minimize the risks and issues associated with power outages (if these individuals do not have home standby generators).

First, keep freezers and refrigerators closed. This way, if power is restored promptly, there is a better chance to protect refrigerated and frozen foods. Pro Tip: When you leave your home for the day (or if you go on vacation), place a coin on top of a frozen cup of water and place the cup back in the freezer. Then, when you return to your home, check the cup. If the coin has dropped further into the ice, there is a good chance that there has been a power outage during your absence, and some of your perishable food may be compromised.

Next, make sure that appliances and electronics are disconnected when not in use – this protects them from electrical surges that can occur during power outages. Then, you should always have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines and powering necessary medical devices (ideally, a home standby generator from Briggs and Stratton).

Finally, during the hottest months of the summer and the coldest months of the winter, you should have a safe place available if you need to heat up or cool down. Or, if you do have a generator for your home, check on your neighbors to verify their safety and offer help if needed.

Get a Home Standby Generator from Briggs and Stratton to Eliminate Risks Associated with Power Outages

Instead of worrying about power outage preparation or survival, just purchase a Briggs and Stratton home standby generator from Lakepointe Electric. We carry models in all sizes and wattages, and we expertly install these generators, so you can trust that they will operate reliably when you need them. To learn more, give us a call at (586) 930-5653. Or, reach out to us with any questions you may have through the contact form on our website.

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