A power outage can strike in the middle of the night, or during a busy day working from home. Either way, every homeowner needs to know what to do during a power outage and how to use a power generator.
First Steps To Take
Once you’re sure your family is safe, go through the home and unplug sensitive electronics and appliances to prevent potential damage during a power surge. Or, be sure to have expensive electronics plugged into a surge protector.
Avoid opening the freezer and refrigerator to keep the food cold for as long as possible. Also, be sure to use battery-powered flashlights instead of candles to reduce the risk of fire. And leave a lamp plugged in with the switch on so you’ll know when the power is restored.
How To Use A Power Generator
A power generator could cause serious damage if not used correctly. Potential risks include carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, electric shock, and damage to electronic appliances. To get the most out of your power generator and avoid damage, be sure to:
- Store the generator outside, at least 10-15 feet away from the house and other structures.
- Be sure to have enough fuel to power the generator for at least 48 hours.
- Use an outdoor-rated extension cord.
- Regularly maintain the generator.
- Do a test run and train other adults in the home how to use the generator properly.
- Never plug the generator into a power socket.
- Teach safety to kids.
- Switch the generator off once the power is restored.
Once The Power Is Restored
Wait a few minutes after power is restored to plug devices and appliances back in to avoid damage from potential power surges. Reset digital clocks and network routers.
Turn off the thermostat, reset the circuit breaker, and wait a few minutes before restarting the system. Follow your HVAC unit’s manual for restarting it.
Depending on how long the power outage has lasted, you may need to discard spoiled food items. Food in the freezer that still has crystals can be refrozen.
If you’d like recommendations for power generators, give Blue Apple Electric a call. We’re happy to share our knowledge with you and help you prepare for potential power outages.