Winter Storm Maximus, Winter Storm Nika, Polar Vortex…part of me feels like we have been living in a science fiction book for the last few months with all of these names being tossed around. No matter what you feel like, as we have said before on this blog, winter has definitely moved in for a while. So, whether it is ice, wind, or heavy snow there are some dangers to be prepared for, one of which is a winter power outage.
Due to the extremely cold temperatures this winter, power outages can be much more dangerous in the winter than in the summer. Therefore, being prepared is not just a matter of convenience, it is a matter of safety. How does one prepare for a power outage due to inclement weather?
One of the best ways to be prepared is through the investment of an automatic generator. These generators are hooked up to your natural gas line and installed on the side or in the back of your home. Like portable generators automatic generators can be different sizes. Depending on the size, they could keep much of your home operating at full electrical capacity in the event of a power outage. You could also choose a smaller size to just keep the necessities (heat, refrigerator etc…) running. The best part of automatic generators is the fact that they turn on and off automatically with the power, and because they are hooked up to your natural gas line, they do not need to be constantly re-filled with fuel.
Though automatic generators are an incredibly effective means of keeping you and your family comfortable and safe during a power outage, it may not be an investment that you are quite ready for. The good news it that there are other tricks for staying warm and being prepared. Check out this advice from The Weather Channel (Winter Weather Safety: Before) about preparing for Winter Storms.
If you know a winter storm will arrive in your area soon, make sure you have the following ready, especially in the case of a severe winter storm:
Prepare Your Home
The Weather Channel offers more tips in regard to Winter Storms as well. At Flame we pray that everyone stays safe and warm!
If you are interested in learning more about generators, or have a serious furnace issue, please do not hesitate to contact Flame!