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  • Writer's pictureConnor Bostick

How to Prepare Your Home or Business for a Power Outage

Power outages can happen unexpectedly and can last anywhere from a few minutes to several days. Being prepared for a power outage can help you stay safe and comfortable during the outage. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your home or business for a power outage:

  1. Create an emergency kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies such as flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered radio, non-perishable food, bottled water, and first-aid supplies. Keep the kit in a designated location that is easy to access in case of a power outage.

  2. Install a backup generator: A backup generator can provide power to your home or business during an outage. Consider installing a generator that can power essential appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, and medical equipment.

  3. Unplug electronics: Unplug all electronics and appliances to protect them from power surges when the power is restored. This will also help prevent electrical fires.

  4. Charge your devices: Charge all of your devices such as cell phones, laptops, and tablets fully. Consider investing in portable chargers and power banks to keep your devices charged during the outage.

  5. Keep a supply of fuel: If you have a generator, make sure you have enough fuel to power it for at least a few days. Keep a supply of fuel on hand, but be sure to store it safely and away from any potential sources of heat or flame.

  6. Prepare your home or business: Close all windows and doors to keep the heat in during the winter and the cool air in during the summer. Consider installing weather-stripping around doors and windows to prevent drafts.

  7. Stay informed: Keep informed about the outage by listening to battery-powered radios or checking social media accounts of local utility companies for updates on power restoration.

By taking these steps to prepare for a power outage, you can help ensure the safety and comfort of your family or employees during an outage. Don't hesitate to contact a licensed electrician if you need help installing a backup generator or making other preparations for a power outage.

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