Published: 2014-07-04 02:33:00
Updated: 2014-07-31 17:27:50
Posted July 4, 2014 2:33 a.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2014 5:27 p.m. EDT
(StatePoint) Power outages can be inconvenient, costly and even dangerous. Being prepared is especially important when wicked seasonal weather – such as hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes and heat waves – is more likely to take a toll.
No matter where you live, make sure your home and family are ready.
Nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults who experience a power outage are saddled with costs, according to a recent Harris Interactive survey sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corporation. Expenses include supply purchases, such as flashlights, portable generators and candles, property damage and replacing spoiled food. Additionally, your home may be uninhabitable in extreme weather.
Does your neighborhood have above-ground power lines? While you may not have autonomy over your entire block, you can maintain trees in your own yard to help prevent outages. Eliminate dying trees and keep overgrown branches trimmed.
There are several things you can do to keep connected when it comes to cellphones and outages.
In the event of an outage, you can keep the lights on with a generator. Portable generators allow you to keep your personal electronics charged for emergency situations as well as keeping in-touch with family members.
Just be sure to use it safely.
“A portable generator can pay significant dividends during storm season,” says Eric Loferski, Director of Marketing for Briggs & Stratton Portable Power. “But generators can be dangerous if not operated properly.”
When operating a generator, keep these safety tips top of mind:
Take steps to prevent power outages, and consider stocking your home with a high-quality generator and the know-how to use it safely.