We are sure that you have experienced a power outage at some point in your life. Maybe from severe weather such as a storm or a power line damage near your home, or even the local power line being under maintenance. Certain states experience more severe weather than others, and if you live in an area with frequent thunderstorms that knock out power to your home you may have already had some appliances burn out. Computers, televisions, phone charging, kitchen appliances. These are the most reported devices that can be severely damaged after a power surge. If they are valuable to you (e.g. their actual cost, function, or data stored in them), you should know that there are options to keep them safe in an event of a surge.

You have two options. You can have individual surge protectors for specific items, or you can call an electrical contractor to install whole house surge protectors. This will help your home or business to be protected on all devices against a surge in the current.

In addition to hire an electrician for surge protectors, these are some other ways to prepare for a power outage:

Portable Generator

Purchasing a portable generator may make sense for small businesses, or homes where there are a lot of devices plugged in that you need on a constant basis. For example, if you work from home. Having a backup generator will help ensure that you have power for your most important electrical equipment during a power outage. For example, you will be able to cook, use the computer, charge your cell phone, watch TV, and other electric devices. This becomes more significant if you have anyone depending on some electric medical equipment for example. However, keep in mind that the generator will be good for a limited time which depends on its capacity.

Weather Radio

Weather radios are especially important just so you can be aware of the weather changes in your areas. For example, hurricanes and thunderstorm warnings. If what you are experiencing is a storm, you want to have a radio to tune in and understand the damages and recommendations on what to do. In this case, you want to have a radio device that takes a battery and even can be charged by solar energy.

Nonperishable Food and Water

Over and over again you hear on the news about having stock on nonperishable food and water just in case of loss of power for days. You want to have at least 5 days’ worth of food and water stored per person in the household. Canned foods are always a good idea due to the long expiration date as well. Dry nuts, protein bars, and powders are also good.

With a generation that depends so much on electrical appliances and devices, a power outage is very inconvenient. Nonetheless, the damage of a device and loss of data can be very problematic. Especially for businesses. If the fear of that stresses you out, you should definitely consider a whole house electrical surge protection. You could also invest in a backup generator to continue to be able to use the electricity for a limited time. Stay safe.