Winter Weather Power Outage Tips
Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut are no strangers to power outages. While they are a year-round occurrence, blackouts may be more common during the winter months due to freezing temperatures, snow and ice storms, and a higher rate of car accidents.
If you the power goes out in your home this winter, don’t panic. Just keep calm and follow these tips from Cannondale Generators:
Stock up on supplies.
Having the right supplies on hand could be the difference between a relatively smooth experience and a disaster. Any good power outage preparation kid should include:
- Battery-operated radio
- At least one flashlight per family member
- Plenty of extra batteries
- Non-perishable food
- First aid supplies
Take a shower and dress warm.
Power outages during the winter bring the extra challenge of staying warm. While some heating systems can continue to operate without electricity, many will shut down. If this happens to you, dress warmly and make sure to cover your head and hands – two areas where the body loses a majority of its heat. If you need to, take a hot shower to warm yourself up.
Do NOT use outdoor heating devices.
Wood stoves and fireplaces are a safe source of heat when the power goes out. However, DO NOT, under any circumstance, use outdoor heating equipment to warm your home. Devices such as kerosene heaters and BBQ grills emit carbon monoxide – a colorless, odorless gas which can be fatal in high doses.
Invest in a standby generator.
As the old adage says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Stop power outages in their tracks by equipping your home with a standby generator. These devices can automatically detect blackouts, and power on within seconds to provide your home with enough energy to run your lights, appliances, and electronics. No matter what the weather is like outside, your home won’t miss a beat.
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.