Summer is coming in hot. In Florida, however, the season entails much more than scorching heat and stifling humidity. Booming thunderstorms will become a daily occurrence, which can become an inconvenience for you and your family. Beyond not being able to go outside, these storms frequently cause electrical outages, and the last thing you want is for your family to be trapped inside your home without any power or supplies. Here are five ways to weather the storm before, during and after it occurs.
- Stock up on batteries, food, ice and water. In case the electrical outage goes on for a prolonged period of time, you need to ensure your family has everything they need. You can never be over-prepared. That’s why it’s always good to stock up on crucial items, such as batteries, non-perishable foods, ice and water. There’s nothing more frustrating than having flashlights and other devices but no batteries. Next time you go grocery shopping, make a point to pick up a couple of packs of AA and AAA batteries. Same goes for non-perishable foods, ice and water. These items will sustain your family during the storm, and the ice will preserve any refrigerated and frozen foods for at least a few hours. All you need to do is take a few moments during your next grocery store visit to give your family what they need in case of emergency.
- Charge your electronics. When you’re expecting a storm to hit, make sure to charge all necessary electronics in the house, such as cell phones, tablets and laptops. If the weather becomes hazardous, you’ll want to have a means of communicating and staying updated on any news or warnings.
- Use flashlights for lighting. Opt for flashlights instead of candles for lighting, since the latter can be a fire hazard. This point is especially true if the outage lasts overnight, since eleven percent of home candle fires occurred due to the user falling asleep. If you do light candles, make sure they’re all put out before you go to sleep for the night.
- Unplug devices and turn off appliances and utilities. When your power goes out, disconnect your cell phones, computers, laptops and any other devices from outlets to protect them from power surge damage. Turning off major appliances like your air conditioning unit is also crucial. You need to turn off your major utilities like natural gas, water and electricity, as well. This step will not only conserve these utilities but also prevent any fire hazards due to gas leaks and electrical sparks.
- Delay turning on large appliances once power is restored. Once the storm passes, wait about half an hour before turning your appliances and utilities back on. It’s tempting to disregard this step, since you’ll be eager to have your power up and running again. If you follow it, however, it will facilitate the power company’s ability to manage the surrounding area’s electrical load once restored, so your whole neighborhood will get their power back more quickly.
Don’t let a storm inconvenience or even endanger you or your family. With these five tips, you’ll never feel unprepared for an electrical outage. For any inquiries or to learn about installing an electric generator to maintain power during an outage, contact us today!