How to Prepare Your Home for Storms and Power Outages

The best way to prepare for storms and power outages, especially with the upcoming harsh New England winter, is to plan ahead. While extensively planning for a power outage may seem silly to some, you never know how long it will take for a utility company to restore your power, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Tips on Planning for a Power Outage

Doing some quick and easy preparation for a power outage is all it takes to keep you and your family safe and comfortable when that inevitable power outage finally happens. One thing that’s essential to prepare is battery powered electronics like flashlights and radios, as well as plenty of batteries to power them. Along the same lines, be sure to check that the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Another easy way to prepare for power outages is by freezing extra water in plastic bags or other containers to keep your refrigerator and freezer cold when the power shuts off. This will also provide extra clean drinking water when thawed if your water supply shuts off when the power goes out. If your home’s water supply does run on an electric pump, you should make sure to always have a stockpile of bottled water to drink in case of an emergency. If you own a propane grill, a great way to ensure you’ll be able to cook food during a power outage is by always having an extra propane tank on deck. If not, make sure to have a supply of non-perishable foods that can be eaten in an emergency. Finally, you should make sure to unplug all your electronics when the power goes out in case of a power surge when the electricity comes back on. Power surges can cause electronics to break, and in the worst-case scenario, can cause electrical fires.

Invest in a Home Backup Generator

The best way to prepare for a power outage caused by the harsh New England weather is to invest in a residential backup generator for your home. Generators will ensure that your power comes on right away after a storm knocks your area’s power out. A residential generator gives you peace of mind knowing that it will eliminate almost all the potential problems caused by a power outage. Generators keep your heat, lights, toilet, refrigerator, and stove working most importantly, but also give you the luxuries of phone charging, television, and use of other electronics when the rest of your area could be without electricity for days on end. 

Contact RCA Electric & Generators

RCA Electric & Generators is a full-service generator and electric company, and is a designated Power Pro Premier Generac dealer. We offer our customers sales, installation, and maintenance services for Generac generator products. If you have any questions about residential backup generators or the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us by giving us a call at (508) 428-0449 or by filling out the contact form on our website!

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