Winter Blizzard Checklist for Your Home’s Electric
As the nation braces for blizzards, bomb cyclones, and everything in between, it’s important to maintain your home’s electric to prevent a complete shutdown.
Sometimes, a few preventive steps can spare you from losing power or damaging appliances during a storm. Follow these tips from Ready.gov to help prevent electric damage when inclement weather strikes. Talk to your Mister Sparky electrician about specific way to help minimize weather risks.
Do On Your Own:
- Cool or heat your home as much as possible prior to storm.
- Check flashlights and battery-powered portable radios to ensure that they are working, and you have extra batteries.
- Charge phones and other communication devices prior to a storm. Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
- People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
- Switch off lights and appliances to prevent damaging appliances and overloading circuits when power is restored.
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside enclosed or partially enclosed areas (home, garage, basement, crawlspace, etc). Operate the generator unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
Call a Professional:
- Use caution if you go outside to inspect for damage after a storm. Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by snowdrift or debris and could be live. Never attempt to touch or moved downed lines. Contact your utility company to report any concerns.
- Call your utility company or professional tree trimmers to cut branches away from your home and power lines.
- Talk to professional about surge protection. A whole house surge protector can prevent your electronic appliances from damage caused by downed power lines.
- Contact Mister Sparky electric to set up an appointment.
If You Lose Electric:
Space heaters are a temporary fix to warm up small sections of your home. Be sure to use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
It’s important to have a backup heat sources in case the power goes out. Stock up on extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, make sure you prepare with plenty of dry firewood.
If your home encounters an electric emergency during inclement weather, call Mister Sparky for a fast fix. For further peace of mind, our Protection Plans offer an annual inspections to detect potential circuitry problems of time.