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How to Handle a Power Outage

Nov 02, 2017

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How to Handle a Power Outage

Learn how you can be ready for a power outage.

While power outages can hit with very little warning, they should not be a cause for panic.  In most cases, losing power is more of an inconvenience than it is dangerous.  Read on to learn what you can do to be ready for a power outage. Install detectors When the power goes out during winter, many homeowners light fires or start up gas powered heaters to warm up their homes.  However, this increases your risk for fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.  In order to protect your family from these risks, it’s important to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home.  You should have both types of detectors installed on every floor and in every sleeping area of your home.  Because these detectors are battery powered, they will continue to protect your family in the event of a power outage. Stock up on water One of the first things you should do when you lose power is stock up on drinking water.  When the power grid goes out, many people end up losing access to water shortly after.  While you should have a two-week supply of water in case of emergencies, you should always have more drinking water than you need.  Additionally, you should fill up buckets and bath tubs in your home with water so your family can use it for bathing purposes. Unplug electronics During a power outage, its common to experience sudden bursts of electricity known as power surges.  These surges can damage sensitive electronics such as your computer, television, and so on.  In order to protect your electronic devices, make sure you unplug them as soon as the power goes out.  Leave a light switched on and when it stays on for 5 minutes without flickering in and out, then it should be safe to plug your devices back in. Follow these suggestions in order to be ready for a power outage.  Want another way to be prepared for anything that comes your way?  Then make sure you have the right insurance protection in place.  To find the right policies to fit your needs, contact the professionals at Fuller Insurance Agency in Southern California.  Our dedicated team is ready to get you covered today.
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