Thursday, January 28, 2016

How Keller homeowners can prepare for severe weather

While Keller homeowners have not experienced the severity of winter weather this season, other forms of severe weather have and will continue to be a threat in the DFW area. The most notable weather threat is tornadoes.

In order to prepare for severe weather, it is imperative to help people be self-sufficient in instances of power loss.

Why you should be prepared
When Hurricane Katrina struck, 2.6 million people lost power, many for nearly a month. Today’s hurricanes, as well as tornados can also cause extended outages that can leave the unprepared equally trapped and powerless in their home.

It’s essential all families develop an emergency plan. This plan should include a safe place in your home where you can find shelter and a safe location if you are away from home or you are forced to evacuate. Each family member should also have a cell phone so they can communicate with each other and every home should contain an emergency kit. The kit should include a weather radio, flashlight(s), batteries, first aid kit, money, medications, heavy clothes and five days of non-perishable food and water.

The importance of power
The primary issue in an emergency situation is access to reliable power. Unlike portable generators, a standby generator automatically turns on when power is lost. A standby generator, which is permanently connected to your Keller home like a central air conditioning unit, has the ability to power everything in your home including your heat and air conditioning systems, refrigerator, lights, computers, television and other technologies. Each of these modern-day necessities are indispensable during an emergency. And best of all, because the standby generator connects to your home’s existing fuel lines, you’ll never need to worry about refueling it to keep the power up and running.

When power returns
When the power comes back, wait several minutes before turning on TV's, computers or home appliances. The return of the power may cause a momentary spike or surge that can damage electronics. It may also damage motors on certain appliances including the furnace, the air conditioner, the washer, and the refrigerator. After waiting several minutes, check each piece of equipment to ensure no damage was done.

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