The last couple of days have seen some sizable fall storms. Just Tuesday evening, the heavy winds and rain caused a power outage in the Logan area that lasted from around 9 PM to about 11:30 PM. Rocky Moutain Power’s own Twitter account is full of tweets about recent power outages, keeping their customers up to speed. As the fall and later the winter weather swings into full gear, the potential for power outages will increase.
Fall and Winter Storms
According to Edison International, the most common cause of a power outage is storms. High winds can cause power lines to come into contact with objects that might short them out. They might even knock them over. Trees growing near power lines are likely to cause damage during storms, especially if they aren’t properly trimmed. Ice and snow building up can also cause interruptions. Lightning strikes are further down on the list, but they’re still common enough to be a concern during stormy weather. Another common cause is too high a demand. This most often comes up during the summer, when everybody has their air conditioners turned on, but during the deep months of winter there is also a risk. All the heaters can stress the power grid and cause brown outs.
Power Outages Can Damage Your Appliances
The initial outage isn’t going to do too much damage. The power simply goes out, so everything turns off. The real damage happens when the power comes back on. Even if the interruption only lasts a couple of seconds, the sudden return of power can cause a power surge. The heat generated by these power surges can cause electrical components to melt, damaging or even destroying them. This also can potentially create a fire hazard. If the power goes out, turn off all appliances and electronics so you don’t have so many devices trying to turn back on all at once. For additional safety, use surge protectors for as many appliances and devices as you can.
But why worry about that when you can avoid the power outage all together?
The Value of a Backup Generator
A back up generator is very reliable protection against power outages. Whether powered by propane or natural gas, they can generate power independently of the main grid. Permanently installed, they turn on automatically when the power goes out. This will protect your home from dangerous voltage fluctuations. You’ll never have to worry about the heating or cooling going out, so you can stay comfortable during the more extreme weather conditions. While the fall storm rages, you’ll be safe and comfortable in your living room.
Generac Backup Generators
Generac is the #1 selling brand of home backup generators. As a Generac Authorized Dealer, Kendrick Electric can deliver, install, and provide maintenance for all your generator needs. So, if you’re tired of worrying about power outages, get in touch with us and we’ll get you set up. Rest easy knowing your house and all your electronics are protected against the fall and winter storms.