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Buying Portable Generators Why they are required and how to buy them

Buying Portable Generators: Why & How

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Natural disasters can cut off power to your home. A storm, for instance, may blow through in one or two days, but the resulting power outage can last for a week or more. Long power outages can be such an inconvenience, and they can be a threat to your health and safety. To help you stay safe and comfortable during power outages that may take several days, preparation is key.

Before an extended outage It is important for every household to have an emergency preparedness kit that will meet the needs of their family for at least three days. These kits can include canned food, bottled water, first aid kit, a flashlight for each family member, extra batteries, hand-cranked or battery operated radio, and a corded phone. A portable generator can be a godsend during extended power outages. They help you remain comfortable when it’s too cold or hot and safe when it’s dark outside. If you don’t have one yet and power outages are common in your area, start shopping for portable generators for sale online and offline. If power outages in your area are frequent and tend to last a long time, consider installing standby generators instead.

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If anyone in the house requires life-support equipment, make sure to ask your physician about emergency battery backup systems well in advance. In addition, clearly label fuses and circuit breakers in your main electricity box. It is important that you know how to safely reset your circuit breaker or change fuses.

During the outage Electrical appliances can get damaged from electrical overload when power is restored, so it is important that you unplug them when the lights go out. Food in the freezer will stay frozen for two to four day, but opening freezer doors frequently can spoil your food faster. Make sure to be extra careful when using alternate heating or cooking sources. It is unwise to use camp stoves, charcoal-burning grills, or propane or kerosene heaters inside the home because they can produce fumes that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. They can also pose the risk of fire. If you have a portable generator, you should not plug it directly to your home’s electrical system because it can back feed and kill a utility repairman working on the power lines. Instead, you should plug essential appliances into the generator. Generators should not be used indoors as they Buying Portable Generators: Why & How

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produce fumes and carbon monoxide. Also, you should never refuel a generator while it is running.

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