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Power Outage Safety: How to Survive a Prolonged Power Outage


According to many sources, major power outages are more common and last longer than they did 10 years ago. Not only are they occurring with greater frequency, but the amount of downtime that people experience is also increasing. 

A power outage that lasts more than a few hours can have serious repercussions. For people who depend on medical equipment that depends on having power, a power outage compromises the ability to use essential equipment. The contents of your refrigerator can easily spoil during a prolonged outage, which results in the costly and wasteful replacement of groceries.

In addition to having a plan for when power outages occur, the best way to arm yourself in the event of a prolonged outage is to get a whole-house generator. We’re your trusted source for the best generator installations, maintenance, and generator repair in Upper St. Clair, PA

Steps to Prepare for a Prolonged Power Outage

Unfortunately, all areas of the US are subject to occasional power outages, and that’s especially true here in Pennsylvania. Every household should have a plan in place for when prolonged power outages occur. Here are some things to do to get an effective plan in place. 

  • Family communication plan: Power outages strike at any time which is why it’s essential to have a plan in place for how you will communicate with family members should not everyone be at home when the outage occurs.
  • Emergency supplies: Basic supplies to have on hand include non-perishable food items that don’t need to be cooked, a battery-powered radio, flashlights and batteries, a good first aid kit, and portable phone chargers.
  • Get a standby generator: A whole-house generator automatically kicks on in the event of a loss of power. Not only that, but it can power most of your home during an outage including your appliances, lighting, and security system, minimizing the disruption that power outages cause.

Maintaining A Whole House Generator

If you already own a whole house generator, you’ve taken the most important step when it comes to preparing for an extended power outage. However, installation is not a one-and-done deal. Whole house generators require regular maintenance to make sure they’ll be ready to spring into action when it’s needed. 

  • Generators should be maintained annually even if they haven’t seen any use.
  • If you’ve had to use your generator for a prolonged outage, you should have it checked out.
  • If you own a generator that is powered by propane or diesel, stale fuel can be a major problem, making annual maintenance essential.
  • Power on your generator every 2-3 months to make sure it’s working properly.

Why should you call Boehmer Heating & Cooling for your generator installation, repairs, and maintenance? Because calling professionals like the ones on our team is the only way to ensure that your generator operates as safely and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

Call the friendly staff at Boehmer Heating & Cooling for exceptional customer service! Schedule generator repair in Upper St. Clair, PA with our team today.

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