Posted October 18, 2013 by Michael J. Kora in Seasonal

Protecting your home and family when the power goes out – and stays out

Super storms like Sandy, significant floods in Colorado and other natural disasters remind us of the devastating effect a long-term power outage can have on a neighborhood. But it doesn&rsquot take a significant disaster to take down the energy &ndash and make life challenging &ndash for days. A basic winter storm with heavy snow and ice can do the trick, too.

&ldquoExtended power loss in the wake of a storm or all-natural disaster can be as damaging and threatening as the disaster itself,&rdquo cautions Ed Del Grande, a master contractor and nationally syndicated home improvement expert. &ldquoFood spoiling in the refrigerator or an uncomfortable temperature in your residence may possibly be the least of your worries. When the energy&rsquos out, your home&rsquos sump pump won&rsquot work and could lead to flooding. A home-based organization could shed essential information and days of operations. And family members with special wants could be especially impacted.

With hurricane season in complete swing and winter rapidly approaching, it makes sense to prepare your house and household to face a prospective energy outage. The experts at Kohler Generators provide some suggestions:

* Have a program that covers how you will evacuate your property and neighborhood, if required, an established meeting spot if you drop speak to with loved ones, and a list of essential phone numbers such as doctors, family members members, etc.

* Prepare an emergency kit utilizing a backpack or a massive plastic bucket with a lid. Stock it with 3 days&rsquo worth of nonperishable food and water, a flashlight with extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, battery-powered clock, very first help kit, cash, medications and a CD or USB drive that includes digital copies of critical documents. Store your kit in a safe place that you can get to effortlessly in case of emergency.

* If you&rsquore ordered to evacuate, do so instantly. If you&rsquore able to ride out the storm in your house, turn off and/or unplug key appliances like water heaters, stoves and air conditioning units. Unplug electronics like TVs and PCs, microwaves and stereos. This will help prevent damage to appliances and stay away from overloading the system when the energy comes back on. Leave just 1 light on so you&rsquoll know when the energy is restored.

* Never connect a portable generator straight into the electrical technique of your property electrical energy could flow backward into the power lines, endangering lives. Plug appliances straight into a transportable generator employing appropriately rated extension cords. Make positive the portable generator is appropriately vented to stay away from the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. In no way bring a portable generator into your residence, garage or on a porch. Maintain it outdoors with lots of ventilation at all times.

* To preserve your residence up-and-running for the duration of a power outage, think about permanently installing a standby generator before problems arrives. Even though portable generators can energy 1 or two appliances, a standby generator can supply energy for your entire house. A expert installer can place a standby generator outside your home it looks similar to a central air conditioning unit and runs on natural gas or propane, using existing gas lines. When the energy goes out, the standby generator automatically turns on to power critical and sophisticated appliances and systems such as heating and cooling, lights, refrigerators, sump pumps and home security systems.

Kohler, a leading manufacturer of automatic standby generators, advises homeowners taking into consideration a standby generator to:

* Appear for a unit that provides clean, constant energy and can handle heavy loads. A generator that produces sub-standard power could damage sophisticated electronics like HD TVs, stereos and computers. A generator that struggles to manage heavy loads will be significantly less efficient and might even fail in a pinch.

* Select a unit that can power up swiftly, permitting you to keep your property functioning without having interruption. A unit that powers up slowly might only handle a handful of circuits at a time, forcing you to select amongst which essential appliance or method you&rsquoll energy up very first.

* Take into account look, since a standby unit sits outdoors the house. Also, appear for a unit that is corrosion-resistant &ndash an particularly essential consideration for residences close to water.

To find out much more about standby power and to get an thought of the size generator your residence would want, pay a visit to www.KOHLERGenerators.com.

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Michael J. Kora