Are You Prepared for Winter Storms?

winter-storm-power-outageLast Tuesday a winter storm warning was issued throughout the Triangle area. Though there’s not much of a chance that we’ll see snow there’s still a chance of freezing rain and power outages.

This got us thinking about whether or not all of our readers were fully prepared for power outages.

Thus, we wanted to go ahead and put together this checklist, because winter is really only starting. We want everyone to be as safe and as comfortable as possible.

Be sure to buy the following items:

  • Several battery operated or hand crank lamps or lanterns.
  • A battery operated or hand-crank radio.
  • Fresh batteries (if you are using battery-operated equipment).
  • Foods that don’t require any cooking or refrigeration.
  • A manual can opener.
  • Bottled water.

Avoid candles. They are not good options for power outages as they create a fire hazard.

Ideally, you should have some sort of generator on hand. Make sure you review our generator buying guide to find the best option for your home.

Ideally, you’d have a hard-wired generator that keeps you warm and comfortable without an outage. Yes, these options are expensive, but they’re also the safest and most convenient.

If you haven’t explored a hard-wired, whole-home generator for your home be sure to do so before the next winter storm hits. Remember, some of the winter super-storms that have blown through various areas of the country in previous years have left people without power for weeks.

If you live in Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill or anywhere else in the Triangle Area, call us. We can give you a free estimate on the generator that will ensure that your white Christmas isn’t also a cold, dark Christmas!

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