Residents of larger metro areas like St. Paul and Minneapolis are fortunate to experience fewer power outages than those who live in smaller communities like Hastings. However, harsh weather can occur throughout the state, meaning that every resident should know what to do in the event of a power outage. Not only will these tips help protect your home electronics and electrical appliances, but they will increase your level of comfort and safety as well. And please remember, if you have any concerns or questions regarding your home’s electrical system, the pros at Lumberjack Electric are just a call away at 612-236-9052.
Check Out The Neighborhood
Before you assume that everyone’s power is out, take a look outside. In most cases, the homes around you and the street lights will be out if it is a grid issue. If only your house is dark, then a call to 612-236-9052 will get a Lumberjack Electric licensed electrician on the way to your home immediately. If everything around you appears to be without power, it is safe to assume a power outage. If the outage is due to a storm, avoid going outdoors. Many power outages are due to downed power lines that can be dangerous in wet conditions.
What To Do Indoors
Alternate lighting is your priority. Flashlights are the safest option. However, if you use candles, be sure they are in secure holders and placed on stable flat surfaces. In preparation for the power to return, it is essential to unplug all electrical devices. This step will eliminate the potential for damage from a power surge when the electricity is restored. Also, turn off all the lights in the house. You can leave one light turned on if you like to let you know when the power has been restored.
The Fridge And Freezer
It is always tempting to open the refrigerator and freezer during a power outage to see if they are still cold. But that is the worst thing you can do. Each time you open them, cool air is escaping and shortening the length of time that they will maintain a safe temperature for your food. Most refrigerators will maintain temperature for at least four hours if the door is not opened. And a good freezer can keep food safe for up to two days when unopened. Wrapping the appliances in blankets will also provide insulation to help them maintain a safe temperature.
Know What Still Works
Unless your home uses well water, you should still have running water. Your hot water could be limited if your water heater is electric. However, the good news is that your toilet will be working. A gas furnace might work, but the electric blower is not going to circulate the warm air. So in cold weather, be sure to have other heat sources available, like a fireplace.
To discuss power outage safety and installing a backup generator, call 612-236-9052. The pros at Lumberjack Electric are experts at installing Generac, Cummins, and Kohler backup systems.