A power outage can occur for many different reasons and at almost any time. The main reasons for a power outage are as follows:

  • Blackout
  • Grid failure
  • Heat waves
  • Hurricanes
  • Ice storms
  • Maintenance to power grid
  • Acts of terrorism
  • Transformer failure
  • Utility outage from downed power lines
  • Windstorms

This list is not exhaustive, but while other reasons can cause a power outage, these few would be the main reasons.

Below you will find some interesting facts about blackouts, and a few helpful tips to ensure you and your family remain safe during a power outage.

Why Buy a Generator? 

Restoring power to your home as quickly as possible can keep food stocks and medicines fresh and usable. While a freezer will keep foods edible for a period of time, they are not insulated, so the food will eventually ruin.

The electrical grid in the USA is now old (50+ yrs) and becoming more and more susceptible to outages. Be prepared and buy a portable generator, click here to go straight to a website dedicated to the world of portable generators.

A loss of electrical power can cause stress to family members and pets. This can be easily avoided by having a generator around the house.

During an emergency it is very important to remain in a constant state of communication with local/national news, weather and information. All of this information can be found on the internet, but your router will not work without power.

Important Facts

It is unlawful to hook up a generator to your electrical system without a transfer switch.

  • Most portable generators run on gasoline. Make sure you store your spare gas in a safe and dry area, out of the reach of children.
  • If not sized correctly, portable generators can be over-powered, causing damage to appliances and the generator. Always calculate how much power you will need before purchasing a particular model.
  • When purchasing a portable generator, you may also need an electric transfer switch, heavy duty extension cords, gasoline cans and gasoline. Always ensure you have a plentiful supply, there is no point in having a generator without any fuel to power it.
  • Remember you will have to go outside to place the generator in the correct position. This could be at any time throughout the day or night, you will also need to replenish the fuel supply. Make this job easier with a good quality wind up torch.

Standby Generators

These are powered by natural gas or propane. Most units are plumbed right up to your gas meter. You never have to worry about stale gasoline varnishing up the carburetor.

Standby generators are automatic. They start themselves weekly for a test run to make sure all systems are working as designed. You never have to worry about the system starting during an emergency.

Having a standby generator installed at your home will provide you with standby power during power outages. 

What can a standby generator power in my house?

By installing a 15kW air-cooled standby generator, you can expect to power your refrigerator, freezer, lights, television, and computer. Just about your whole house. If you happen to have an electric cook top stove, you may want to consider stepping up to a 20 or 25 kW unit.

Summary 

By taking a few safety precautions, and ensuring you are not without power, you can keep your property, and more importantly, family safe during a power outage.

Ensure you buy a model with enough wattage to supply energy to all of the appliances you wish to use. Never overload your generator, this can be extremely dangerous.