With days of soaring temperatures, Summer storms are always a great possibility. When the sky gets dark and those heavy clouds roll in, a wild thunderstorm is probably on the way. With this, sometimes comes the inevitable power outage. Most think this is easier to deal with than a winter outage. After all, you don’t have to worry about freezing or keeping warm.
A Summer power outage may be the lesser of two evils but can still be a lot to deal with. Power outages in high temperatures can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even dangerous, especially for young children and the elderly. Although most people will probably not face life-threatening consequences, they will still need to figure out how to keep their food from spoiling, their home cool, and electronics from burning out.
If you first experience a brownout where the lights are flickering and an outage seems possible, you may want to turn off any large appliances that use a lot of power like washers, dryers, TVs, or microwaves. You can plug them back in when everything has returned to normal. As with most things, a little bit of prevention can go a long way.
Backing up your computer files at this time if you haven’t recently done so is always a good idea as well as using surge protectors. These tips will help conserve energy.
If you do end up experiencing a power outage, there are some basic things you do to help ahead of the situation.
First, be sure to have a supply kit of emergency items such as a flashlight, extra batteries, candles, lighters, as well as extra water and a first aid kit.
In order to keep your refrigerated items as long as possible, keep the door closed. The more it is opened, the warmer it gets inside. If it is closed, the frozen food can last approximately 2 days and the refrigerated food can last up to 8 hours.
The same principle goes for keeping the house cool. Keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible to avoid letting in warm air. Keeping the curtains and blinds closed can keep the sun from heating up the room.
Contact your electric company to find out if there is an estimated time the power may be restored.
As with most things, a little bit of prevention can go a long way. If you foresee days of a heatwave, think ahead and get prepared.
A sure way to not be affected by a power outage is to make sure you have a home generator backup power system. A home generator will automatically turn on when the power goes out. This means that your refrigerator, TV, computer and air conditioner keep running! You will be able to keep your mobile phones charged as well.
Our licensed electricians and generator technicians have been providing residential generators to homeowners for over 20 years. Lakepointe Electric will set-up and install your residential generator and provide maintenance if ever needed. We sell, service and install Briggs & Stratton, Generac and Kohler generators.