Brennan Electrical Contractors is celebrating it by providing a series of safety tips that homeowners should know. This is the third of six releases with helpful information, and it discusses an important topic: what to do during power outages.
With growing communities and populations, people are becoming increasingly exposed to volatile weather and natural disasters. According to the National Weather Service, an estimated 3.5 million Americans experience power outages each week. Yet that’s not the only problem.
The demand for energy continues to skyrocket putting even more stress on aging power grids resulting in random blackouts. The number of blackouts increases each year, despite substantial action to improve the electrical systems reliability. In fact, America ranks toward the bottom of developed nations in terms of reliability of electrical service. As a result, experts claim that blackouts will become more and more regular.
“The loss of power can make life difficult, miserable, and even unsustainable for certain people. That’s why it’s just as important to know how to treat electricity when it’s on and off,” Mike Brennan, owner of Brennan Electrical Contractors, said. “There are measures homeowners can take to make the experience a mere inconvenience instead of a life-altering event.”
Here are some easy things people can do in the event of an electrical outage:
- Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!
- Keep fresh batteries in a battery-operated radio.
- Turn off any electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
- Avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer.
- Have a storage of canned goods and bottled water in a safe location of the home—at least a week’s worth.
- Listen to local radio for updated information.
- Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when power is restored.
- Do not run a generator inside your home or garage.
Source: Brennan Electrical Contractors