With the summer storm season getting underway, it is time to start planning how to deal with the power outages that tend to happen during a particularly wild storm. Although there is nothing you can really do about the outage, you will need to take steps to limit the damage a power outage can cause. A Pasadena electrician can help you prepare to handle what will most likely be a short-lived lack of electricity. If you have questions, you can count on H Electric to provide you with the answers. If you are home and the power goes out take these steps.
1-Unplug all of your appliances from the wall. This includes televisions, computers, gaming systems and so on. When the power does come back on, the demand for power by all the appliances that are plugged in will create a power surge. This can damage sensitive electrical equipment and end up costing you hundreds of dollars.
2-Inform the family they need to keep the refrigerator shut during the duration of the outage. This can save you from having to toss out all of your food because it spoiled. Your refrigerator will maintain its temperature for about four hours as long as the door remains shut. Your freezer will maintain its temperature for up to 24 hours.
3-Have some flashlights set aside so they are easily accessible when the lights go out. It is a good idea to keep these in a safe place so they are not missing when you need them most. If flashlights are not something you want to deal with, you can consider having a generator installed by an electrician. Pasadena homeowners won’t have to worry about doing anything when the power goes out with a backup generator on hand.
If you have any more questions about what to do when the power goes out, give H Electric a call today.