Generator Safety Tips: Dos & Don’ts You Need to Know

If you really want to be prepared the next time the power goes out, a portable generator is the way to go! You’ll have the lights back on in no time at all. Here are the dos and don’ts to operating your generator and keeping you and your family safe.

Portable Generator Safety Tips

  • Choose the generator that’s right for you. When choosing the right generator, first consider what you will be powering in your home. Will it be your lights, appliances, or other household equipment? You’ll need to figure out how much power they require and total it up. You’ll need to purchase a generator that produces more power than what will be drawn from your home’s equipment. 
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How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Weather can be unpredictable, and we need to keep ourselves and loved ones safe during a bad storm. Here are some basic things you can do to prepare your home for loss of power any time of year:

Things to do before a power outage

  • Be prepared for injuries. You should have an emergency kit at your home that’s fully stocked with bandages in various sizes, sterile dressings and gloves, hand sanitizer and antibiotic towelettes, a thermometer, pain medicines, tweezers, and scissors. Make sure you purchase or build your own first aid kit that is large enough for your family.
  • Make sure your generator is up and running. Review generator safety tips before using your generator for the first time
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Snow Safety Tips

We’re less than one month into the official start of winter, but the northeast is already gearing up for our second big snowstorm of the season. Big snow storms can be exciting for some (namely, children with a day off from school), but a headache for others that need to deal with digging themselves out. Here are some snow safety tips to make sure you and your snow-day fans are prepared for this next storm:

Pre-Storm Prep

For a list of preparations to take before a winter storm and/or extreme cold, see the FEMA website.

Prevent Broken Gas Pipes and Fires

Before a snow storm occurs:

  • In areas where heavy snows are expected, cover the regulator, relief valves, and fill
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