Hurricane Season 2019: How To Prepare

June 24, 2019

 

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It’s summer and upon stepping outside lately, it’s hard to imagine anything weather-related could spell trouble for North Carolina. Unfortunately, there’s an underlying presence behind those blue skies that could mean danger- if your home’s electrical system isn’t prepared in advance- Hurricane Season 2019.

Hurricane season began on June 1st and is now well underway. Right Electrical Services, LLC has some helpful tips that you can use to keep your home safe during this time. It would be awful for your family to fall victim simply because you didn’t have the right equipment and other electrical safety staples to endure a bad summer storm. Here are our five top tips on how to best prepare for this year’s hurricane season.

Install a Backup Generator

Always have a backup plan! When a hurricane hits, a reliable backup generator for your home can be vital. If trouble strikes and your power goes out, you’ll wish you had installed a generator- if only to keep the groceries in your fridge chilled.

A standby generator is a valuable solution to extended power outages. In a worse case scenario, you and your family could find that you’re without power for days or even weeks. Unlike portable generators, standby generators are permanently installed and directly connected to your home’s electrical panel. The generator is then powered by an external power supply like, liquid propane, diesel, or natural gas. 

The greatest advantage of a standby generator comes in its ability to automatically switch on when your power is knocked out. This all but eliminates the hassle and unnecessary time it would take to refuel and maintain a portable generator. If you find yourself without power for a prolonged period of time this Hurricane Season 2019, you’ll need all of the help you can get and a standby generator can take a serious weight off your shoulders. 

Call Right Electrical Services to get yourself outfitted with a reliable home backup generator today!

Install Surge Protectors

When it comes to a big storm, electrical appliances are at great risk for damage. While we may tell ourselves that we’ll remember to unplug our household electrical appliances when bad weather is on the horizon, it’s likely we’ll have more on our minds. That’s where surge protectors come in.

Surge protectors are inexpensive tools that can save you from pouring your hard-earned money into electrical repairs when hurricane season damages your expensive appliances. Simply install surge protectors as a first line of defense in the event of storms. Much better to lose a $10 surge protector than, say, your refrigerator. 

Check Your Circuit Breaker in Case of a Power Outage

If you end up losing power, you should check your circuit breaker before calling the power company. This can help you identify whether or not the fault is actually in your home. Take the time to check whether or not your neighbors still have power and if you have a tripped circuit breaker.  Be sure to power off appliances before resetting the circuit breaker, however. This will protect your important household appliances if a short circuit were to occur.

Got Flooding? Call An Electrician

Unfortunately, flooding is synonymous with hurricane season. If you find yourself in a bad flooding situation, call a qualified electrician immediately. Why? We’ll be able to inspect your home’s electrical system to determine if there’s a short circuit brought on by the water. You’ll also want to make sure that any exposed electrical appliances are free from water damage before plugging them back in. Trust us, it’ll save you a lot of trouble in the end!

Keep a Flashlight and Radio On Hand

In the case of particularly damaging hurricane season storms, it can take days for the power company to fix faults. When all else fails, a flashlight can be essential. Days spent in the dark aren’t good for anyone and having flashlights and an ample supply of batteries can make all the difference.

It’s also a good idea to have a battery-powered radio on hand. Radios have a more durable charge than cellphones and it’s important to stay informed in the event of weather-related disasters. 

Call Your Local Raleigh Electricians!

At Right Electrical Services, LLC, we believe that the best offense is a good defense and by being proactive, you can save you and your family a lot of trouble. Hurricane Season 2019 is here and the time is now to prepare your home’s electrical system for the worst. 

Give us a call or send us an email- we’ll be happy to help you prepare! 

     

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