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In this case, having a source of backup power at home when the lights go out is a matter of safety. Having the ability to keep the lights on, a heater working or a fridge running during a major outage can keep you safe and comfortable at home while you wait out the storm. A standby generator will detect a power outage and switch on automatically, meaning you don’t even have to leave the house to switch it on. If you have a portable unit, do not attempt to run it inside.
Generator or not, all homes should be equipped with an emergency kit. It will need to include flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, necessary medications, canned goods (and an opener) and bottled water that will last for at least three days. About once a year, you should do a check of your kit and replace any expired product.
If the power does go out, never try to use the oven to heat up the home. Attempting to heat your home with a gas oven runs the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Extreme storms don’t always have to bring extreme reactions to our homes. Plan it right, make sure you’re prepared, and you’ll be able to weather any storm.
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