Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration service in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners for proper preparation when it comes to the threat of power outages as a result of severe weather events. Strong storms routinely knock out electrical power, making an already unstable situation even more threatening.
In the event of severe weather, any unnecessary electrical equipment should be unplugged in order to prevent damage from electrical surges. In addition, stoves and electronics in use during the storm shoud be powered down, since power that goes out may come back on suddenly, causing strong surges that may cause damage to the components. At least one light should be left on as an indicator of when the power has been restored.
Power outages affect all areas, not just the interior of the home. Traffic lights may be non functioning, making travel hazardous. Unnecessary travel should be avoided.
Outages of shorter duration, such as 2 hours or less, will not affect perishable foods, but prolonged outages mean much of the food supply should be thrown out for health reasons. Food may be preserved in inexpensive Styrofoam coolers and ice chests. Keeping the refrigerator door closed will help keep food cold for a longer period.
There should also be plenty of candles available for light, and space heaters with extra gas on hand just in case the power outage occurs during cold weather. A gas powered generator may also be handy for providing a measure of power temporarily.
Bottled water and a supply of non perishable food items should be kept on hand in the event of a prolonged period without power.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the United States, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and backed by the industry’s most comprehensive guarantee.