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Are You Prepared for a Summer Power Outage?

by salesassistant@gopower.com 1. July 2015 10:08

Summer is finally approaching, after a long, cold winter. Temperatures will drastically climb, and the sun will make its presence known with its scorching rays. As a result, millions of Americans will be cranking up their air conditioning to counteract the heat. A substantially higher than normal consumption of electricity could overload the grids, resulting in summer power outages.

While sometimes a power outage only means a momentary electricity flickering, serious damage to power lines and the electrical grid can cause outages for days, or even weeks. The potential for power outages during the summer months has a number of possible negative repercussions, with both lives and property at risk.

Preparing for Summer Power Outages

It’s important that you’re prepared for summer power outages to mitigate the disastrous effects. The following measures help cushion the impact of a power outage:

1. Invest in a standby generator.

Generators can keep things running in the event of a power outage. Standby generators supply power to run essential appliances in homes or businesses. A typical generator provides at least 2,000 watts of power. That’s enough to keep your air conditioner, refrigerator, and maybe even a couple of other appliances running. Businesses require bigger generators than homes do.

2. Make a plan for food.

A major concern during power outages is how refrigerated or frozen food will fare for a few days’ or weeks’ worth of time. A freezer full of food should still be usable after 24 hours, as long as the doors of the freezer remain shut. After that, it might be risky. Keep coolers on hand so that in the event of an extended power outage, you can purchase ice and keep food frozen. Keeping a backyard grill or camp stove on hand is a good idea, especially if you have meat to eat up!

3. Keep emergency water on hand.

City dwellers may not experience an interruption in water supply during a power failure. On the other hand, those living outside of the city who get their water from wells will likely have problems drawing water when there is no electricity. Every family should have an emergency water supply in the event of a water shortage or disruption. It’s best to keep a gallon of water on hand for each person in your household. When you hear a severe weather warning announcement, be sure to stock up on more water.

Keep Your Diesel Generator Running During Summer Outages

An emergency diesel generator is a great investment for backup during a summer power outage. Whether the blackout is for a day or two weeks, a standby generator will keep you safe and comfortable.

Make sure that your standby diesel generator has been installed and wired properly before using it. If improperly installed, the generator may cause hazardous conditions for the utility supplier’s employees working to restore power. Your generator could also be damaged when the power is restored if a double throw disconnect is not properly installed and utilized.

For a smooth transition between the utility power and your backup diesel generator, install a transfer switch. The switch transfers the power source from the commercial power supply company to the local generator. Transfer switches are the only recognized safe alternative for connecting an electrical load to the generator for an entire house or business. They are available in manual and automatic forms with a wide range of amp options to match your emergency diesel generator.

Having an additional fuel tank for your standby diesel generator is a great accessory. Whether it is base-mounted or remote, extra fuel tanks provide an excellent way of storage for those needing a longer generator run-time without having to refuel. A backup fuel tank can also be a lifesaver during large storms when fuel supplies become scarce due to the increasing demand. Make sure that your fuel tank meets UL 142 guidelines and requirements to prevent precipitation, debris and other elements from entering the tank or affecting the tank’s exterior.

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