It’s been a mild winter so far in many regions of North America, but there are still several weeks in which major winter storms could develop. Don’t let the unusually warm weather of the holiday season make you complacent -- the time to make your winter storm preparations is now.
In a winter storm scenario, nothing is more important than keeping yourself safe, warm and dry. But these storms don’t just endanger people -- they can threaten homes, as well. To make sure your home electrical system is ready for whatever Mother Nature may bring, you may want to take a couple of preemptive measures.
One of the smartest things you can do is trim back any tree branches that are positioned over power lines leading to your home. When winter storms bring lots of snow and ice, that precipitation can accumulate on tree branches, eventually bringing them crashing down. If one of those branches takes out your power lines, you could be left in the dark -- and in the cold, if you have an electric furnace.
You might also consider investing in a high-quality generator. If you do experience a power outage, a generator can make it possible for you to remain in place in relative comfort until full power can be restored. Choosing the right generator for your home can be a complicated matter, however, so you might want to enlist the expertise of a licensed electrician to size up your home and recommend the best models for your needs.
Make a Plan
In addition to taking steps to keep the power flowing safely into your home, there are several other precautions you should take as we delve deeper into winter storm season: