We get crazy weather patterns here in Greensboro, and sometimes after a big storm, the power goes out. There is no need to panic in the event of a blackout, and if you are ready and prepared it will only be a minor inconvenience. Pay attention to these tips from our expert team of electricians on what to do in the event of a power outage.
Be Prepared in Advance
- Get a kit ready beforehand. Make sure you have a flashlight, batteries, and candles and matches on hand. Have water and non-perishable foods stocked just in case the blackout lasts for a few days.
Find the Source of the Issue
- Check to see if it is just an issue at your property or if it is a neighborhood-wide outage. Look at your electric panel and see if a breaker is tripped.
- If it is something affecting the whole neighborhood, call the utility company to report it.
Stay Connected to Communicate
- Since anything corded and that requires electricity will not work, your cellphone is your lifeline during an outage.
- It may be smart to invest in a battery-operated radio so that you can receive news and information from the outside world.
Turn Off All the Appliances
- When power returns, there will be a surge of electrical energy that could damage sensitive equipment like computers, laptops, or televisions, or could create a safety hazard if anything like an iron or stove burner was on prior.
- Restarting appliances can use almost double the amount of electricity that they use when running normally. There is a large power demand placed on the electric system when every customer needs power restored – all at the same time. It helps if you don’t have all your appliances waiting to draw power the instant it is turned back on.
Practice Generator Safety
- If you have a generator at your home or business, it can save the day when the power goes out, but you need to know how to properly operate it. Never operate a generator inside your home, garage, or basement. If you choose a portable generator, don’t connect it to your home electrical system; instead, connect it directly to the devices and appliances you want to power or charge.
For more tips on how to be prepared for a power outage, or for expert help with anything electrical, reach out to Aurora Pro Services. We are dedicated to helping provide proper power to both residential and commercial clients in Greensboro.