How to Protect Your Home During Power Outages
Did you know that power outages cost Americans $150,000,000,000 every year? That’s $500 for every man, woman, and child in the country. How can you prepare your family in case of a power emergency?
Follow these steps to keep your home and family safe when the power goes out:
- Install a backup generator. Whole-home backup generators provide power to your entire home and are the first and best option to protect your home and family in an emergency. They are generally straightforward to install, and with financing plans and offered rebates are more affordable than ever.
- Get a whole-home surge protector. There’s no need for a surge protector for every outlet when you have a whole-home surge protector. The whole-home protector also protects your appliances, air conditioner, water heater, and other integrated equipment.
- Prepare a disaster kit. A disaster kit should at minimum come with a first aid kit, a gallon of water per person, a 3-day supply of food and baby supplies, pet food, battery-powered radio, flashlight with batteries, duct tape, garbage bags, small screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches, a manual can opener, extra cell phone chargers, and battery backup.
- Switch off electronics. Even with a surge protector it’s a good idea to unplug intricate electronics that may be damaged when power resumes.
- Plan for water problems. In addition to storing a decent supply drinking water, prepare for water to be expensive or difficult to find during an extreme emergency. If possible, fill bathtubs with water and have buckets available to pour water into toilet tanks for flushing. Consider buying a portable travel/camping toilet or composting toilet.
Call the Melbourne Electricians You Can Trust
When you need to protect your family from dangerous power outages, call the best electricians in Melbourne. We have been serving residents and business owners throughout Brevard County since 1995.