Staying Safe During Hurricane Season with Backup Power

Backup PowerThe only thing scarier than a blackout is not being prepared for it. Severe weather-related events are among the leading causes of large-scale power outages. And in the midst of the recent Hurricane Harvey and Irma catastrophes, Brown’s is encouraging New Jersey homeowners to take preventative steps and consider their backup power options.  As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA) predicted, the United States is facing a stronger-than-average hurricane season. And based on the past, we know that even hurricanes with low-category ratings, like Sandy, have the potential to wreak serious havoc. Even the mildest of predictions should be treated with caution because when it comes to the safety of loved ones at home, it’s never too late to take some extra precautions.

Now is the time to review backup power options.

What is Backup Power?

A whole-house generator is one common type of backup power solution. It will keep the lights on and provide uninterrupted power in the event of a power outage. Unlike many portable generators, whole-house generators must be professionally sized and installed to determine the right size for the home’s power needs.

In the event of a power outage, here are a few extra tips to keep in mind:

  • Stock an emergency preparedness kit. Before the next power outage hits, create or restock an emergency preparedness kit with a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies and an alternative charging method for your phone.
  • Review family emergency plan. If a loved one is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, review an emergency plan for backup power or make specific arrangements to relocate quickly if a storm warning is issued.
  • Keep food safe. Set refrigerator and freezer temperatures to their coldest settings ahead of time and don’t open the doors unless absolutely necessary in the event of an outage. An unopened refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours; an unopened freezer that is full can maintain its temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Reduce energy needs. Turn off or unplug unnecessary electronics, appliances, equipment and lights to conserve the amount of energy your generator has to respond to.
  • Maintain backup power equipment. Ensure you will have the power you need, when you need it most by scheduling a maintenance check. Ongoing service maintenance checks are also critical to the longevity of your generator.

Generator and Backup Power Solutions by Brown’s

Preparation for any type of emergency is crucial. And with hurricane season upon us, it’s time to make sure you, your family and your business has a reliable plan to keep power running in the next storm. Take the stress out of hurricane season and keep your family safe; contact Brown’s generator experts today at 732-741-0694.

We install and service all models of backup power systems, but we recommend KOHLER Generators as our preferred choice. Our experts have been serving home and business owners throughout Monmouth and Ocean County and surrounding areas for more than forty years; trust in the experts at Brown’s to help you find and maintain the best generator that fits your specific needs.

Is your home prepared for hurricane season? Stay safe and keep the power on during the next storm with emergency backup power from Brown’s.

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Note: Always assume that every power line is energized. To report downed wires or power outages and track live outages:

PSE&G: Call 1-800-436-PSEG or view the company’s live outage map.

JCP&L: Call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or click “Report Outage” link on their website. View JCP&L’s live outage map online.