Especially over the summer holidays, there is nothing more frustrating than an unexpected power outage. Being hot and bored as well as potential frozen treats melting in the heat and all other perishables at risk. Power outages can potentially last days, hours or best case scenario, just a couple of minutes. In order to stay safe during a blackout, there are certain things you need to do, as well as things that you must never do, no matter how long it lasts. Today, we at Burley Electrical Services would like to elaborate on electrical outages and how to handle them more efficiently.
Weather Causing Blackout or Brownout
Most unscheduled power interruptions can be chalked down to a couple of recurring issues since power outage doesn’t just happen without any reason that include severe weather storms including strong winds and lightening, fallen branches, electrical failures that come from a faulty transformer, connector, cables, and switches. If not maintained properly, electrical equipment can cause a power outage just like the wiring and circuitry in your home. There isn’t much that can be done since this is outside your home.
Can an Appliance Cause a Power Outage?
Blackouts can come from wiring or a faulty appliance. Unfortunately, this can lead to power surges, which can be damaging a well as hazardous. Your electrical system features safety features that automatically cut off the flow of power, protecting your home and everyone in it to prevent the risks. It may be best to call an electrician to look at it for you if you have an ongoing history of blackouts that are localized entirely in your home, though instances that happen occasionally is not something to worry about.
What You Should Do & Not Do when the Power Goes Out
Do: By making sure you have and spare batteries on standby as well as power banks and portable batteries for your devices with prep emergency supplies. If you feel you getting one is in your better interest, they never hurt, and are especially useful if you have important medications that need to be kept refrigerated, though a generator might be considered overkill.
Do: Use caution when using candles. For when the power goes out, lighting candles may be the easiest and traditional solution. Just make sure you do it safely if you want to use more traditional methods for offering light. Be sure to keep lit candles away from any loose pampers and pamphlets, tablecloths, tissue boxes and other flammable products. Instead of just laying them on the table, it’s also a good idea to use candle holders as this offers more stability.
Don’t: Make sure to unplug all appliances until power is restored. It is best not to leave any appliances plugged once the power goes off, especially the small ones as these appliances and devices often don’t have any inbuilt surge protection, try to turn everything off instead. Ensuring that you don’t have to replace them as well as doing so will protect your appliances from a sudden power surge.