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Preparing for spring storm power outages

power outageSpring storms can wreak havoc on your North Carolina home, causing power outages that can be inconvenient or even dangerous. To protect your family in the event of severe weather, follow these guidelines:

  1. Have a plan – Keep phone numbers of doctors and family members handy, and teach your family where to gather if they’re separated during a storm.
  2. Create an emergency kit – Items to include in your kit include all medicines your family needs plus Sharpies, tape, flashlights, a first aid kit, Ziploc bags, matches, candles, batteries, a radio, and a camera to document storm damage.
  3. Turn of power and unplug major appliances and electronics – This will prevent damage from power surges and overloads to the system when power is restored. Leave one light on so you’ll know when the power is back on.
  4. Teach everyone in your house how to operate the electrical panel – Know how to turn off the main breaker and reset circuit breakers after an outage.
  5. Avoid downed wires – Assume any fallen wires are “live.”
  6. Prepare your propane backup generator – If you have a whole house propane generator, be sure to test it before the spring storm season by running it for 20 to 30 minutes in your home. Be sure to fill it with propane, too – enough to run your generator for a week or more. If you don’t have a backup generator, consider adding one: it will keep critical equipment like your sump pump, refrigerators, home security systems, and emergency medical equipment up and running during an outage.

Contact LG Jordan today for a FREE estimate on a whole house propane backup generator for your North Carolina home, or to get service for your current generator before severe springtime weather strikes!

LG Jordan Oil – North Carolina’s first choice for propane delivery in Wake, Chatham, Durham and the surrounding five-county area.