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Preparing For Power Outages

Preparing For Power Outages

April 1, 2022 | Electrical, Homeowner Tips

We all know the feeling of a power outage during a storm, and it isn’t a good one. Losing power is almost always an inconvenience, and at times it can be a life-threatening problem. Small power outages are usually easily managed and are more of an annoyance than anything else. Losing power for an extended period of time is when we start to face much bigger problems. To have peace of mind and avoid dangerous situations that can arise, check out these Mattex approved tips!

Be Ready to Lose Power

It is important to have the basic necessities on hand and take the time to restock them. Once a storm has started, it isn’t the best idea to try to make a run for last-minute supplies. Here are some items to stow away in case of a power outage:

  • Backup Generator/Batteries – If you live in an area frequently impacted by severe weather, you should consider buying a generator. Generators can power essential appliances for days after a storm hits if need be. You should also regularly swap out batteries in things like flashlights, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire alarms.
  • Non-Perishable Food – Depending on a storm’s severity, there could be a possibility you end up stranded due to fallen power lines or trees. Keeping canned foods at the ready as well as several gallons of water is a must in your preparations.

  • Surge Protectors – Unplugging appliances during a power outage can prevent any damage to them when the power comes back on. Connecting your sensitive devices to a surge protector will protect them if you can’t unplug them in time. Visit our electrical services page to learn more about surge protection.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Devices like generators give off carbon monoxide. Make sure your detectors are running on batteries and perform regular check-ups to ensure you and your family are safe.

  • Sump Pump – One must-have for any home is a backup sump pump. Your first line of defense is the electric sump pump, but what if you don’t have power? You’re looking at a wet basement or crawlspace. That’s where the Water Commander backup sump pump comes in. It runs off of your home’s water pressure, which means no electricity or batteries required-giving you the peace of mind of a dry home. We can even help with installation!

Losing power during a storm can be very aggravating if not dangerous. Following the mentioned tips can make all the difference.