Snow, ice accumulation, and heavy rains associated with the blistering winter season can wreak havoc on power lines, and lead to extended periods without electricity. Therefore, we here at Pro Plumbing Air & Electric, a leading electrical services company in Guilford County, NC, encourages you to adopt these six quick tips so you can be adequately prepared for a winter power outage.
- Have a Stock of Food and Water
It is recommended to have three days worth of food and water ready in case of an outage. Easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food, like Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), fruit bars, peanut butter, nuts and trail mixes, crackers, and canned juices are great to stockpile. Water flows without power, but some natural disasters can contaminate your water source. Have a minimum of three days of water stockpiled, or two weeks worth in case of long-term outages to be safe. Don’t forget water for your four-legged family members either!
- First Aid Kit
Inclement weather can cause delays in emergency services response times, which leaves you to take care of whoever is injured until help arrives. Ready.gov suggests that you should even refresh your First Aid kit or create one in case of a long-term power outage.
- Have Light Sources Handy
Flashlights are always the safer choice since candles pose the risk of starting fires. If you don’t have flashlights, or you run out of batteries, you can use candles or kerosene lamps. Just make sure you don’t leave them unattended.
- Keep Everyone Entertained
A few days without power causes boredom and makes people go stir-crazy. We recommend adding board games, books, and puzzles to your power outage kit to help prevent those problems from occurring.
- Prepare for the Cold
Those of us who have a fireplace and a protected stockpile of firewood are fine, but even then you should consider keeping a propane or kerosene heater on hand. Wearing layers of clothes can also help keep you warm and toasty in bitter weather.
- Call a Professional to Install a Generator
To protect you and your family from the inconveniences and dangers associated with power loss, let Pro Plumbing Air & Electric install a generator for your home.
How Can a Generator Help?
Having a generator in the summer so your air conditioning system can continue running is a matter of convenience, but in the winter when the temperatures drop below freezing, having heat is of the utmost importance. A permanently installed home backup generator protects your home automatically. Driven by natural gas or liquid propane, the system sits outside your home and delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system, backing up your entire home.
Contact Pro Plumbing Air & Electric Today!
Pro Plumbing Air & Electric can help you find the right make and model to suit all residential and commercial generator needs. Our skilled technicians also repair and maintain your equipment, so you never have to worry about who to call if something goes wrong.
Our expert electricians and plumbers are ready to serve residents in Guilford County, NC, as well as Forsyth and Davidson Counties. Those interested in a generator installation or other HVAC services can call (336) 892-8105 for a quote.