Power outages can put your family under stress, and making these five mistakes could also put them in danger… Being unprepared. Power outages are often caused by severe storms, which generally come with 24-48 hours warning. Use this time to prepare by stocking up on non-perishable food, water, flashlights, extra batteries, and first aid supplies. Running outdoor equipment inside. The single most dangerous mistake people make during the winter months. Outdoor devices are NOT SAFE for indoor use. BBQ grills, kerosene heaters, and portable generators all emit carbon monoxide, which could be fatal in high doses. Frequently opening the refrigerator door. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, refrigerated food only lasts an average of four hours during a power outage. This number is even shorter if you are constantly opening the refrigerator door. Failing to unplug your electronic devices. It’s easy to forget, but you should unplug all of your electronic devices and appliances during a blackout. When the power is eventually restored, your home may experience a voltage surge, which could cause irreversible damage to any devices left plugged in. Not investing in a standby generator. A standby generator for your home can stop power outages before they start. These devices can detect blackouts, and automatically turn on to provide your home with power. Since they connect directly to your main gas line, they never need to be refueled and can generate enough energy to power all of your electronics and appliances. Cannondale Generators offers professional standby generator sales, installations, and maintenance services to homes and businesses across Fairfield County, CT. If you live in Danbury, Stamford, Bridgeport, Greenwich, or the surrounding area, call us at (203) 762-2608 to get started with a free consultation.