Weather can be extremely unpredictable. If you live in a region that experiences regular inclement weather, you probably already know this. Electrical outages can occur. Keeping you, your family, and your home safe is imperative. A professional electric service company can inspect your home after a bad storm and perform any needed electrical repairs. But preparing for an electrical outage should take place before one happens. Here are five things you should always do when you expect an electrical outage.
1. Prepare an Emergency Electrical Outage Kit
You should always have an emergency electrical outage kit ready for emergencies. It should be easily accessible and contain items such as flashlights, candles, matches, extra batteries, and first aid products.
2. Purchase a Cell Phone Charger for Your Car
Whether you have a landline at home or not, when your electricity goes out you won’t be able to charge your cell phone inside. One way to ensure you’ll still be able to contact friends and family is to have a spare charger available in your car.
3. Adjust Your Refrigerator and Freezer Temperatures
If an electrical outage is imminent, turn the temperature down on both your refrigerator and freezer. While the power will still go out, your cold items can stay colder longer this way.
4. Cut Nearby Tree Branches
It’s likely your electrical contractor has already recommended this, but it’s good practice to keep tree branches near your home trimmed. This will probably prevent debris from hitting your house or electrical lines.
5. Unplug Your Items and Appliances
Once your power has gone out, it’s a good idea to unplug everything in your home. This will ensure your items and appliances aren’t damaged if the power surges suddenly. You should speak with a professional electrician about additional precautions.
Need Professional Help Before or After an Electrical Outage?
Whether you’re preparing for an electrical outage caused by inclement weather or recovering from a recent electrical outage, it’s always a good idea to speak with a professional electrician. If you have questions or need to schedule an inspection, repairs, and an upgrade, contact Neighborhood Electric Services of Snohomish and King Counties today. Visit our website for more information or to receive a free electrical panel current heat inspection. You can call (425) 689-7770 to schedule an appointment with one of our electrical contractors.
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Edited by Justin Vorhees