Do's and Don'ts During a Power Outage
With severe and unpredictable weather here in Central Illinois, homeowners must take extra safety precautions in case of power outages. Here are several “do’s and dont’s” to consider during unexpected storms and power outages….
- Turn a faucet on to prevent freezing pipes during cold winter storms
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
- Keep one light on so that you know when power returns
- Keep extra supply of water
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from surges when power returns
- Don’t turn on a generator in your garage or any other enclosed area
- Don’t use a gas stove to heat your home
- Don’t use candles as an unattended source of heat and light
- Don’t use all your water at once
- Don’t try to install generators without a licensed electrician and/or plumber
When it comes to power outages, one of the greatest precautions you can have is a backup generator. Having a whole house generator will give you peace of mind during power outages. Once installed, you won’t have to think twice about your home and loved one’s safety. You can pick and choose the major appliances that you depend on most and ensure that they’ll be up and running when you need them.
The installation process does require permitting and inspections, so don’t try to install your generator without professional help. Call Ryan Electrical Solutions to get your free estimate. Our experienced technicians will help you choose what type of generator suits your homes needs best. They will also help you decide what appliances you want hooked up to your generator.
Have questions about servicing your new generator? Ryan Electrical Solutions offers several different maintenance plans. Just as a car needs an oil change, your generator needs a similar tune up. A new backup generator is an investment in your home. Don’t let your investment go to waste by not having it serviced properly. Remember, if there is a red light on your generator, attention is needed. If there is a yellow light on, your generator needs maintenance (keep in mind that your generator should still work and perform weekly exercise while yellow light is on). A green light means that your generator is up and running!
When it comes to mother nature, your best bet is to be as prepared as possible. If you have questions about a whole house generator, contact our generator team at 217-698-4877. We provide free consultations and estimates.