This past hurricane season, Irma gave Southwest Florida a not so gentle reminder of the importance of hurricane preparedness. When making your hurricane preparedness plan this year, you may be considering adding a generator to your list. But which brand should you choose?
As spring wears on and summer approaches, Southwest Florida thunderstorms start rolling through more regularly and the potential for a power outage increases. Making sure your generator is in good working order is high priority.
If you call Southwest Florida your home for the winter, but head North for the rest of the year, you know there’s lots to think about before migrating North in the spring. Here’s a list of some things you’ll want to be sure to check off before making the trek.
Hiring an unlicensed electrician or general “handyman” to do electrical work in your home could leave you in the dark— or worse. Sure, the price may be right, at first, but the risks are great – including short circuits, damage to appliances, fire hazards, not to mention the risks related to an unlicensed worker getting injured on your property!
Home upgrades are exciting. New floors! New countertops! New … electrical panel?
When it comes to electricity, most of us focus on the things that impact us in ways that are obvious and unambiguous. Are the lights on? Is the refrigerator running? (Then you’d better go catch it …) Do things usually do what they’re supposed to, on a day to day basis?
If you own a business, one of your biggest concerns is not just losing money, but also spending money where you don’t need to. We all remember Hurricane Irma, September 2017’s catastrophic storm. After the storm, 99% of the population of Florida was without power. It took almost two weeks before the power companies reestablished power and even towards the end of September, there were still more than 70,000 outages in the state.
When you own a home, there are many times when doing the job yourself can save you some money instead of hiring the project out. That said, it’s important to remember that you don’t want to do a job bigger than you can handle.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma last year, millions of Floridians were left without power. For thousands, the power outages lasted for more than a week. Thousands of residents of Puerto Rico still had no electricity when Christmas arrived, more than three months after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island.
You’re the kind of person who understands the importance of preparedness. You’ve seen a hurricane or five, and you know that you have your food and water supply, your medications, your evacuation plan, and your first aid kit. Your pets are microchipped. Your tires are full. Your important computer files are backed up. And your standby generator is ready to go.