Winter storm season is approaching in many parts of the country, and power outages often accompany severe weather. Here are some tips on what to do and what to avoid in case of a power outage.

Safety First

Some simple steps you can take to ensure your family’s safety:

  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting. Avoid using candles, since they can pose a fire hazard.
  • Turn off any electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio on hand.
  • Listen to local radio for updated information on weather-related outages.
  • Leave one light turned on so you'll know when power is restored.
  • Do not run a generator inside your home or garage.
  • If you use a portable generator, don't connect it to your home electrical system. Connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. 

Think Ahead

Be prepared and keep the following items on hand:
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Portable radio
  • Batteries for flashlights and radio
  • At least one gallon of water
  • A small supply of food that doesn't require refrigeration 

Using a Generator

If you don't already own a generator and are considering buying one, get advice from a certified electrical professional. Make sure the generator is listed with Underwriter's Laboratories or a similar organization. Some municipalities, Air Quality Districts or states have air quality permit requirements. A certified electrician can provide you with more information. Always keep an operating generator outdoors. never operate inside, including in your basement or garage.

Need some professional guidance?

Your local Mister Sparky electrician is always here to help. Give us a call and we'll help you choose and install the generator that best meets your needs.

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