Winter is Coming!

Prepare Yourselves with these Power Outage Safety Tips

  1. Turn off major appliances such as water heaters, stoves and air conditioning units. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads to the system when power is restored.
  2. Leave one light on so you will be able to see when power is restored to your home.
  3. Have a battery-operated or weather radio, multiple flashlights and a battery-operated clock and fan, along with extra batteries.
  4. Stay away from fallen wires, flooded areas and debris. Treat all down wires and anything touching them as though they have electricity running through it.
  5. Familiarize yourself with your main electrical panel. You may have to turn off the main breaker or have to reset circuit breakers after an outage.
  6. Inspect the area around your electricity meter. If you detect or suspect any damage, call your local utility provider.
  7. Look into a standby generator that turns on automatically when power is lost to your home. A standby generator permanently attaches to a home and runs on propane or natural gas. Depending upon the size, a standby generatorcan automatically power all appliances and systems in a home, including lights, HVAC, sump pump, refrigeration and electronics.
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Portable Generators

Price point sensitive consumers may decide a portable may be the way to go. However, they should consider having a certified Kohler dealer ensure ease of use and safety by installing a manual switch. When your power goes out simply plug in your portable to the switch and start your generator. No messy extension cords.

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Standby Generator

A standby generator is like having your own personal power plant in your backyard. When the power shuts off from the utility, a standby generator automatically turns on, and can power all the major systems and appliances in your home.

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Winter Storm Warnings. Know the Difference.

Winter Storm outlook:

Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory:

Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch:

Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning:

Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Prior to purchasing an automatic standby or portable generator, consumers should fully investigate their options and consult with a local power professional. Key features to consider include: a commercial-grade engine that provides clean, consistent power and can handle heavy loads; a non-corrosive enclosure (especially in areas with salt water); and a minimum five-year warranty.

The time to consider your backup power options is not during a raging storm. Research your options and install the proper generator that meets your needs. Do your homework now so you’re ready for the next big storm.”