Summer Storms Ahead


Natural gas generators keep the power on

Natural gas generators are designed to turn on automatically during a power outage and turn off automatically as soon as power is restored. This automatic function ensures important things like refrigerators and freezers will stay on even if you are out of town when the storm hits. And unlike gasoline or diesel-powered generators, they are hooked directly to your home’s natural gas supply, so you’ll never have to worry about them running out of gas.

When shopping for a natural gas generator, make sure you get one that is properly sized to run all of the appliances you will need during an outage and anticipate additional needs for outages lasting more than a few hours.

A natural gas generator can give you and your family peace of mind knowing that, even during a severe storm, your power will stay on.
Severe thunderstorms are a regular part of summers in North Carolina and can present many dangers including lightning strikes, heavy rain, strong winds, flooding and even tornadoes. To help keep everyone in your family safe before, during and after the storm, follow these simple guidelines.

Before the storm

  • Keep important phone numbers close to the phone and programmed into your cell phone.
  • Have a battery-powered flashlight and radio with spare batteries.
  • Secure loose items like garden furniture and toys that could blow around in strong winds.
  • Have a professional remove dead or damaged trees and limbs that could fall.
  • Charge cell phones, tablets and laptops so they will work if the power goes out.
  • If a member of your family is dependent on medical equipment that requires electricity, make arrangements in advance for an alternative power source such as a generator (see sidebar).

During the storm

  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • Unplug sensitive electric devices like computers and TVs.
  • Listen to your radio for weather updates.
  • Don’t use a landline telephone during an electrical storm.
  • Avoid taking a shower or bath as lightning can travel through metal plumbing.
  • If flood waters are threatening your home, turn off the power to your house at the main circuit breaker or fuse box.

After the storm

  • Watch out for fallen power lines and always assume a downed power line is active.
  • If you need to use a gasoline generator for electricity, never run it inside the house or in the garage.
  • Follow all public advisories if damage to your area is extensive.

 

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