Storm frequency and intensity is growing, which means it’s important for homeowners to take a proactive approach to severe weather preparedness. Having the right equipment and gear on hand and ready to go means your family can stay as safe and as comfortable as possible.
Power Outages and Severe Weather
Power to your home may be intermittent and unreliable during bad weather. In worst cases, entire power grids can go out for days or weeks at a time. It’s very important to prepare by having flashlights ready, stocking up on batteries and properly maintaining a generator to power necessities in a home.
If you are without electricity, a portable generator can help power critical household equipment. For example, Honda offers a model with a fuel-efficient engine and a digital ignition for easy startup. The control panel features 10 outlets and a 12-volt DC outlet, so you can power things like a well pump, a refrigerator and freezer, lights and electronics like TVs and cell phones to stay connected to emergency information.
When selecting a generator, it’s important to know the right size for your needs, which is based on the rated wattage of what you want to power – as not all generators have the same power draw. To do this, add up the wattage of tools, appliances and motors you will want to run at the same time, then select a generator with the running wattage rating to match or exceed the total load. Items with electric motors require additional surge wattage at startup that can double or triple the normal wattage requirement – so look at the surge watts required.
Having a generator is only half the battle during severe weather. It is just as important to use the equipment safely and maintain it properly by following generator safety and maintenance tips.
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