Electrical Safety during New England Fall Storms: What Residents Need to Know
A New England fall though vibrant in foliage, brings in unpredictable weather. Its fierce storms can pose a threat to your home’s unsuspecting electrical system. Fortunately for you, we’ll discuss essential safety measures to protect and power your New England home.
Power Outage Preparedness
One way to withstand a fall storm is to invest in a reliable backup power source like a generator to keep the essential appliances running. To protect against surges on sensitive electronic devices, install surge protectors. You can also stay prepared for a power outage by stocking up on flashlights, batteries, and candles. Don’t forget to create an emergency kit with non-perishable food, water, and other supplies in case of a prolonged outage.
A surge in electrical current can cause damage to your appliances, electronics, and even your home’s wiring. Keep your valuable equipment safe by installing surge protectors and unplugging electronic devices during severe storms to minimize the risk of damage from lightning strikes.
We already mentioned it’s a great idea to stock up on a generator but how do you stay safe during an outage? The key is to be prepared beforehand. Always place them outdoors, away from doors, windows, and vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your generator is kept dry from rain and snow by using a canopy or shed. It’s important to regularly maintain your generator by monitoring oil and fuel levels. Of course, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation.
Ensuring your home remains safe and powered during the fall storm season requires proactiveness. Power outage preparedness, proper generator usage, and surge protection are crucial components of electrical safety. Have a question or need help? Your friends and New England Electric are more than happy to help. Get in touch here!