Using your backup generator for a spring storm power outage
Spring storms can cause a lot of damage. If you’re not prepared for a storm power outage with a backup generator, your daily routine may be impaired. Being ready before a spring storm power outage is important to prevent injury. Keep everyone in your household safe with a few tips from the experts at A-Abel.
Create a family emergency plan
Create a list of phone numbers of doctors and close family members, know what evacuation routes to take and determine a location for your family to meet if there is an emergency.
Set up a disaster kit
This kit can be as simple or complex as you want. Have a backpack full of important items such as:
- Flashlights (if battery-operated, periodically check make sure the batteries are working)
- First aid kits
- Zippered plastic bags (to keep things dry)
- Matches (in waterproof container)
- Extra batteries
- AM/FM radio
Turn off major electrical appliances
To prevent damage to your appliances in the event of a spring storm power outage (such as microwaves, TVs, and computers), turn them off to prevent overloads when power is restored.
Get to know your electrical panel
In case you need to turn off the main breaker or reset circuit breakers following a power outage. Make sure you know well ahead of time where your electrical panel is within your home. Get yourself familiar with all the switches and if it’s not already, make sure it’s appropriately labeled.
Use caution when using your backup generator
Use the right extension cords and don’t operate your backup generator in an enclosed space.