As the abnormal rains continued into 2019, so have the problems that this epidemic of storms and excessive rain have caused. Flooding, trees down, and power surges and outages. If you live here you know, and may have been an unfortunate victim of circumstance.
As many of our neighbor’s scramble about putting food in another person’s freezer, collecting the branches that damaged their home and tore off the power lines to their house and load up on batteries and board games to survive several nights without power, we at Farryn Electric feel for those folks.
I help where I can, currently I have my neighbor’s kids here enjoying movies and hot meals, while their dad places an abundance of food in our freezer before it spoils. They all say the same thing, well here we go again… another unexpected camping trip!
So what can you as a home owner do to protect yourself from power outages:
- Ensure your grounding system meets the current code requirements.
- Install whole house and localized surge protection.
- Find a generator that is right for you!
The most important thing is to have a plan. List all of the things you would have to do if you were to lose power. Do you have flashlights ready? Do you have food that won’t spoil? Do you have a place to bring your perishables? Do you have a place to sleep?
Severe weather of any kind can cause problems for a homeowner; especially in winter. Aside from the obvious clearing snow from rooftops and driveways, you should make sure the rest of your home is secure when winter weather arrives. Farryn Electric has 5 Electrical Safety tips you should know about winter electrical maintenance.
TIP #1 – Home generator systems should have routine maintenance to ensure functionality. No it will not maintain itself, hopefully one day! The area around the generator should be clear of any debris, the oil needs to be changed as recommended on the manufacturer’s manual. Proper maintenance is encouraged to include having a skilled electrician out annually to professionally calibrate and maintain your generator. If you need a recommendation, I know a FABULOUS ONE 😉
TIP #2 – Before and after a winter storm, be sure to check outdoor outlets and cords for exposure and damage. Any fixture for example security lighting and landscape lighting should be checked for any signs of rust or frayed wiring. If you perceive any damage – promptly have it fixed.
TIP #3 – Light fixtures ought to have the correct bulb type with the proper wattage. I used to think… bulb lamp aha finally lights on and kids aren’t screaming they are afraid of the dark! Little did I (Stephanie) know using the correct bulb extends the life of both fixtures and bulbs as well as prevents fire. (Dan was ever so delighted to explain)
TIP#4 – Older electrical systems can have many issues mainly outdated code standards and over or undersized breakers. We at Farryn Electric provide free safety inspections and comprehensive estimates for our customers. Realtors maybe interested in making this information known to their clients buying an older home.
TIP #5 – Fire Alarm safety, I cannot stress this enough = DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT BEEPS CONTINUOUSLY AT 3AM; It’s annoying for one, and NOT the safest way to ensure your smoke detectors are functioning properly. Test them monthly to ensure they work properly! Replace the batteries every 6 months. Check the expiration dates… yes they do expire usually a 10 year life expectancy, however, older models expire in 2-3 years.