Loosing electrical service is no fun, no matter what the cause. Do you go find some place to stay or tough it out? A portable generator can help you keep some things normal. Since they are not used often, don't overlook these safety measures:
1. Determine the number of watts of power you will need to run appliances in your home before you go to purchase one 2. When the generator is running, it should be well-ventilated. The carbon monoxide generated is lethal. 3. It is best to be set up at least 20 feet from your home. 4. The generator should be sitting on a dry surface.Avoid using it in the rain. 5. Never plug the generator directly into a wall outlet with an extension cord. Plug the generator extension cords directly into appliances or get an electrician to install a power transfer switch. 6. Don't overload the generator, Turn appliances on one at a time. Prioritize your needs and use only what's important. 7. Before refueling, turn generator off and allow time for it to cool down. 8. Keep children and pets away from it while running, it is hot and will burn.
During tropical weather events, it is not unusual to loose electrical service to our homes. Hopefully it doesn't happen often. Dave Reed Insurance provides this information to remind our clients to use portable generators safely. If we can be of further assistance with your insurance needs, we have two offices to serve you. 2170 Creighton Rd (850-494-2264) and 1091 N. Navy Blvd. (850-453-8555).