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Published July 22, 2020

Pop-Up Storms Expected, Reason Enough to get a Generator!

Benefits of Using a Portable Generator in Ohio

1.Food Preservation — If the power is out for less than four hours, the food in your fridge should be safe. However, if it’s longer than that, common foods like lunch meat, deli meats and eggs get spoiled. A backup generator provides power to your fridge and prevents this.

2.Supplies Your HVAC system — Severe storms can cause lasting power surges compromising your home’s heating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A backup generator can prevent uncomfortable temperatures in your home. With the current heat wave homes can get above 90 degrees, making it unbearable!

3.Powers Your Sump Pump — When flooding or other disasters hit your home, your main defense against the water is your sump pump. But if there’s no electricity powering it, your home and your sanity will suffer the consequences. Install a standby generator to avoid tremendous loss due to water damage.

4.Prevents Hotel Stays and Looting — Power outages can force you to check into a hotel for several days. In addition to hotel costs, your home might be an easy target for looters who try to take advantage of the power outage.

Generator Safety

•Never use generators indoors or in places such as basement, crawlspace, garage, and carport, to prevent CO poisoning. Generators need ventilation. WARNING: opening windows or doors is not enough to prevent buildup in the home.

•Install battery-operated CO alarms in your home for extra protection against CO poisoning. Remember, CO can’t be seen or smelled. Only a CO alarm can detect it.

•Place generators outside, in a well-ventilated place, and away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors.

•Keep generators dry and never use them under wet conditions to avoid an electrical shock. If you have wet hands, do not touch operating generators.

•Keep generators on a dry surface and under a structure, such as a tarp held up on poles, to protect them from rain.

•Plug appliances directly into the generator or use an outdoor-rated extension cord. Check the cable for cuts or tears and that the plug has all three prongs.

•Check the manufacturer’s rating for the total electric load supported by the generator. Be sure not to exceed the specified rating.

•Make sure to turn off generators and allow them to cool down before refueling, to avoid any risk of fire.

•Use the type of fuel that is specified on the generator’s instructions. Store generator fuel in a container that is intended to be used for this purpose.

•Keep the container in a protected area outside of living spaces. Be careful not to place the container near appliances that produce heat.

Portable vs. Standby Generators

Portable electrical generators are like standby generators but can also be useful during power outages. However, they are not as safe, efficient, and reliable. If you want a whole-house backup power source, choose a standby generator, but expect to pay a lot more for the device and installation. There are many reputable companies between Dayton and Cincinnati that can provide options and cost-effective solutions to meet your budget.

Prepare Now for Any Emergency!

It is wise to prepare now for an emergency. Generators are one small step in that preparation. If your home has experienced fire, water, or mold damage, contact PuroClean for professional property remediation services.