Electrical Tips

Managing Your Electricity in Harsh Weather

house falling apart from natural disaster

While April showers might bring May flowers, they also pose a risk for homeowners. As the
humidity changes and the weather starts becoming warmer, the climate is subject to tornadoes,
thunderstorms, and harsh winds. Failing to take proper safety steps can be dangerous or even
fatal. So, here are a couple ways you can prepare and manage your electricity in the case of an

● Generators: Choosing and properly installing the right generator for your home will allow you to continue to have power for appliances like heaters, or personal medical equipment.
   ○ When using a generator, make sure you use it only to power what you need. You never know how long it might take to get the power up and running again.

● Surge protectors: During storms, it is likely that your house will receive inconsistent amounts of power, and in order to protect your devices from an overload of power it is a good idea to have surge protectors installed. You can even go above and beyond and install a whole-house surge protector.
   ○ If you do not have surge protectors or want to take the extra step, make sure you unplug all your electronics except one lamp so you will be able to tell when the power comes back on. Sometimes power comes and goes, so it is a good idea to utilize it when you can.

● Radio: It is a good idea to invest in a waterproof radio so that you will be able to
communicate or call for help if the lines are down.

   ○ If you see downed power lines do not touch or drive over them. Stay at least 10 feet away and call 911 to report it if you can.

If the emergency situation you are facing is caused by an electrical storm specifically, or if electricity is flowing dangerously, remember to do your best to stay inside, out of water, away from metal surfaces, and try not to use electronics. For more information about how to protect your family when it comes to electricity, or how to install surge protectors call (210) 899-2430.