Thursday, July 5, 2018

We all know that power can go out for a number of reasons: storms, an accident, a downed power line, and even scheduled maintenance. Many times our first thought is that we will be without our electronic devices and the internet! Great Lakes Electric has put together a list of steps that you need to take to keep your family and home safe in the event of a power outage. 

1. Emergency Kit: 

Be sure to have your emergency kit stored in an accessible place. When assembling your kit, store items in airtight plastic bag. If possible store your emergency kit in easy to carry containers; plastic bins or duffel bags work great for this! A basic emergency kit should include supplies to get your family and pets through a few days without power. Here are some suggested items:
  • Water- (1) gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days for drinking and sanitation. You can fill your bathtub up when the power outage strikes for additional water
  • Food- a three day supply of non perishable food- remember you might not be able to cook! Also add an manual can opener for food
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
  • First Aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene supplies- including moist towelettes 
There are many more items that you can include in your Emergency Kit. The Red Cross has an extensive check list. Visit their website for more information. 

2. Protect your electronics and appliances

Whole house surge protectors are a great investment when it comes to protecting large electronics and appliances that can be damaged during storms and by the power going out. 

3. Protect your home from water

Especially if the power outage is due to a storm you will want to get a sump pump with battery backup. The last thing you want is for the electric sump pump to quit on you and your basement to begin filing with water. 

4. Secure your home

Since the power is out, your security system will not be working. Take a walk through your home and secure all windows and doors. 

5. Install a stand by generator

One of the best things you can do to protect your home and family in a power outage is invest in a permanently installed home backup Generac generator. Generac generators immediately sense a power outage from a storm or electric system malfunction and start automatically. They can be set up to power your entire home, or just the essentials. Great Lakes Electric offers free, in home assessments to determine which generator is right for your home. 

Being prepared can take the some of the hassle out of power outages. Many times, simple common sense tasks can really help protect your family, home, and property.

Power outages are certainly no fun, but being prepared for them can at least alleviate a little bit of the hassle. Simple, common sense things can make all the difference in the world, save you from having to scramble during such an event, and protect your home and belongings. Contact us at Great Lakes Electric for more information on whole house surge protection or Generac generators.

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