The POWER of Winter Storms and the Damage they Create

Friday, December 14, 2018
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Welcome to another Michigan winter. This season is a time to participate in winter activities such as skiing, sledding, and snowboarding. But, unfortunately, the winter months often bring storms that threaten the safety of family, businesses, and individuals. However, there are measures you can take to minimize winter storm risks – such as purchasing a Briggs and Stratton home standby generator from Lakepointe Electric to guard your home and daily routine against power outages.

What Michigan Residents Should Expect from Winter Storms

Storms that occur in any season can cause property damage and impose personal risks to individuals. However, winter storms are especially dangerous because they normally bring freezing temperatures, snow and ice, high winds, and possibly even blizzard conditions.

Winter storms can shut down power, inhibit travel, and make it possible for individuals to be stranded in the cold and snow. Because of these potential issues, you should take precautions during the winter months to protect yourself and your loved ones, pets, and property.

Important Points to Remember During Winter Storm Season

First, follow the current weather conditions through your favorite weather service and learn the terminology. A Winter Storm Watch indicates that snow and/or ice may hit your area within 12-36 hours. However, if this watch escalates into a Winter Storm Warning, severe conditions are expected in the next 12-24 hours, including (but not limited to) four to six inches of snow or sleet and at least a quarter-inch of ice. Then, if you receive a Blizzard Warning for your area, expect snow and strong winds of 35mph or more, as well as deep drifts, and dangerous wind chill factors.

Living in Michigan, it is difficult to avoid winter storms, but you can take preparation measures to minimize their impact when they strike. For example, you should prepare an emergency kit for your home and another one for your car. Speaking of your vehicle, you should make sure that it is prepped for winter by having everything checked by a certified mechanic and the fluids changed. Finally, create a family communication plan to implement during a winter storm emergency.

Contact Lakepointe Electric for Briggs and Stratton Home Standby Generators

The best way to prepare for harsh winter storms is to protect your home and family against power outages with a Briggs and Stratton home standby generator from Lakepointe Electric. We offer a wide variety of models and we will quickly and efficiently install your generator when you give us a call at (586) 930-5653. Or, you can reach out to us through the contact form on our website.