Ice Storms and Power Outages

Emergency backup power and lighting come in quite handy when the electricity to your home suddenly goes out. Have you ever had the lights go out unexpectedly and had to search high and low for a flashlight in the dark? When you finally found a flashlight, undoubtedly the batteries were dead or nearly dead. If only there was another way to automatically turn a light on when the power goes out. Well, you’re in luck! There is just such a light. With these tips you will be ready for the unexpected.

Be Prepared

Outages happen at the most inopportune times, so be prepared! Don’t wait until the outage actually occurs to know how your generator operates. Learn where to fill the fuel and oil to the unit. Know how to check the dipstick to ensure the oil level is correct. Learn how to start the generator and mark down which breakers will be needed in your electrical panel.

Run your generator once a month for 10 – 15 minutes to ensure that it is running properly. This way, if it does have a problem, you’ll be able to get it fixed. That way it will be ready when you need it. Use fuel additives in the gas tank if the unit will be idle for any length of time. Store the unit where it will be easily accessible and out of the weather. Get an ample supply of fuel ready to be able to run the generator for at least 24 hours. There’s nothing worse than having a generator and no fuel to run it.

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