There are many reasons that the power might go out. Car accidents, line shortages, and inclement weather conditions are all possible causes of blackouts, but the effect is all the same. Whatever the case, follow these tips from Cannondale Generators to make sure you aren't left in the dark during your next power outage.
Make Sure You Are Not the Only One Without Power
Take a quick glance out of your window and see if your neighbors are also without power. If the surrounding houses have electricity, the problem is likely limited to your home. Check your circuit breaker for tripped switches or blown fuses to restore power.
Make Sure Your Food Stays Safe
One of the biggest safety hazards during power outages has nothing to do with physical danger, but rather food poisoning. In most cases, refrigerated food can only last up to 4 hours in the event of a blackout. Keep your fridge door closed as much as possible to preserve your food, and throw away all perishable items if the temperature exceeds 40°.
The absence of air conditioning isn't just bothersome, it can be dangerous if the weather is hot enough. Keep cool and avoid heat stroke by dressing lightly and drinking plenty of water. If that doesn't help, take a cold shower or go swimming in a nearby pool.
Protect Your Appliances
The last thing you want during a power outage is for the electrical devices in your home to get damaged. But if you leave everything turned “ON” during a blackout, that is exactly what could happen. Flip off all of your light switches and appliances to avoid overloading your circuit once the electricity is restored.
Want peace of mind knowing that you won't be affected by any future power outages? Invest in an automatic standby generator from Cannondale Generators. These devices automatically detect blackouts and power on within seconds to supply your entire home with energy. If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, give us a call at (203) 762-2608.