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How to Handle a Blackout

Posted on July 7th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

It’s finally summer, and you know what that means: Blackouts! Due to excessive heat, the summer months can sometimes cause people to overly depend on their air conditioning units. The amount of energy needed to meet the demand of every home can sometimes be too much for a power grid and can shut it down. Blackouts like these are never fun, so here are a few tips on how to handle a blackout, before one happens to you this summer.

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1. Be prepared

Having a small care package of items readily available in your home can help you deal with the power outage. Some items include: flashlights, extra batteries, candles, matches, a battery powered radio, bottled water, and some non-perishable food items. Storing these items in a convenient location as well as a cool, dry place is important for longevity of the items.

2. Keep the Food Cold

When the power goes out, the refrigerator and freezer will obviously turn off as well. Doing so will result in all of the food and drink items to either thaw or come down to room temperature. It is important to open the refrigerator and freezer as little as possible. This will keep the current temperature inside of them at that temperature for a longer period of time. For extra insurance, wrap your refrigerator and freezer with blankets to help insulate them.

3. Don’t Jump the Gun

Like everything, blackouts eventually come to an end. When the power is turned back on, it is important to not immediately turn everything back on. Allow a few minutes to go by before turning the air conditioner and other electronics on. This is an insurance measure just in case it was only a surge of power or in case the power goes out altogether again. Turning electronics back on too early could cause them to surge and possibly burn out.

4. Install a Backup Generator

Prior to any power outages or blackouts, consider installing a backup generator in your home. Having one professionally installed could help save you from losing your food, drinks, electronics, and your mental health from a power outage. Why endure during a blackout when you can turn on the generator and enjoy life without worry?

For more tips on how to handle a blackout or to get a generator professionally installed, call up the pros at Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. Call us up today:

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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