Preparing for Power Outages
Most of New Jersey has recently been affected by an unexpected storm on Tuesday, July 23rd. With this storm, came power outages across the state and other damages that came from the strong winds, lightning and rain. With this unexpected power outage, leaving many with no power for several days, it is important to take into consideration how you can be prepared for the next storm that heads our way. Listed are some tips you should keep on hand when you know a storm is in the forecast!
1. Keep Food from Spoiling
Keep coolers on hand. Small Styrofoam coolers are perfect to be able to fit in the fridge to keep cold. Surround food items with ice and your food will stay cool for a longer period. TRY to limit opening the fridge doors as well to keep it as cool as possible.
Purchasing additional snacks that do not have to be refrigerated is also great to have on hand.
2. Charge Cell Phones
Charge cell phones before hand. Once cell phones are fully charged, close apps and lower the brightness to conserve battery power. Also, purchase and fully charge any extra batteries and portable chargers for backup energy in case of emergencies.
3. Fill Up Gas Tanks
It is important to fill up on gas in all cars to ensure you will be able to travel to any desired safe places. Cars are also another source to change cell phones and another heat source. Gas stations will not be able to operate in case of a bad storm or a bad power outage so it is always a good idea to plan ahead with your car as well!
4. Extra Light Sources
This is the time to bring out the extra flashlights ! Keeping a small flashlight in entrances of multiple rooms can ensure you that some light is only a reach away.
5. Purchase a Power Generator/ Portable Power Generator
An important investment to keep in hand at home is a power generator. Backup power generators can help start up power in case of emergencies. Portable generators are also available at home stores that simply plug in and can temporarily start up power sources.
MM Electric is a generac dealer and can help with power generator installations and happy to give a free estimate to prepare ahead.
Having an unexpected power outage can be stressful for those who are not prepared. That is why it is important to have some of these simple tips on your checklist so your family can feel safe in an emergency.
MM Electric is available 24/7 for any emergencies and can answer any questions about free estimates, repairs & installations.