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Heavy snow, extreme cold, sleet and ice, and near-blinding blizzards may all be part of winter, but being unprepared for them shouldn’t be. Winter storms can cause extended power outages and hazardous travel conditions. Access to fuel and emergency and medical services may be limited once a severe storm hits a region making standby generators a necessity.

An ideal way for homeowners to prepare for a power outage is to install a standby generator system. Fueled by liquid propane or natural gas, standby generators automatically keep the power on when a home’s primary power source goes out, allowing homeowners to run appliances like air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, sump pumps, clothes washers/dryers and lights.

5 TIPS FOR USING STANDBY GENERATORS

A standby generator outside a home helps to keep the lights on even during winter storm power outages.

  1. Portable generators should only be used outdoors and away from open windows or doors to avoid fumes from entering the home
  2. Homeowners should read and follow the manufacturer’s operating and maintenance instructions to ensure that the generator provides power when needed.
  3. Generators used to restore power can be extremely hazardous and even life threatening when not properly operated and maintained. The primary hazard when using a generator is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the engine exhaust. Unlike fire or smoke – CO is a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell.
  4. For additional information on Carbon Monoxide Hazards and Safety, visit www.cpsc.gov.
  5. Learn how to get involved in your community, prepare and train for local disasters by visiting www.nsc.org.

Having the proper emergency preparedness kit. Emergency Preparedness Kits from Essential Packs provide you and your family with the emergency supplies your family needs to last for 3 day (72 hours).In addition to safeguarding a home’s power supply, being prepared for a winter storm or any other type of disaster requires preparation beforehand. There are 3 important steps you should complete in preparation for a winter storm.

  • Make a plan. Sit down with your family members and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in the event of a disaster or emergency.
  • Be informed. FEMA offers an in-depth Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness, providing you with comprehensive emergency preparedness information for a variety of disasters.

Visit ready.gov for more tips on how to keep your family safe during a winter storm contact your nearest Blossman Gas store for product information.

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