Still not confident that you’re not at risk of hurricane season effects?
Here’s some things you can do to avoid electrical emergencies during these weather conditions:
Grounding Electrical Systems:
Grounding provides a safe “path of least resistance” for stray voltage to follow by drifting voltage into the ground where it discharges safely instead of building up in places where it can cause electrical shocks, fires, injuries and even potential deaths. Grounding can protect people in several different ways:
- System grounding helps detect and clear ground faults.
- Equipment grounding provides a return path for ground-fault current.
- Bonding keeps electrical continuity and conductivity.
- Static grounding prevents the build-up of static electricity reducing the chance of fires or explosions where hazardous materials are handled.
- Lightning protection grounding helps protect structures and equipment from direct strikes.
- Overhead ground wires and surge arresters, connected to ground, can limit dangerous system overvoltage’s to safe values.
Portable Charger Transfer Switches:
A manual transfer switch is the best solution for connecting a portable generator for home backup. This small piece of added equipment makes the backup power process seamless and helps ensure overall safety. Prior to installation, a permit must be pulled and inspection to be done, therefore, this isn’t an overnight solution but rather something to plan ahead of time. Typically, this process may take 3-5 days to complete, from inspection to installation. Additionally, you will need to contact a certified electrician to securely carry on this process and ensure overall safety.
In the case of losing power, a portable generator will save you from wasting all your food in the fridge, keep your outlets and lights working, provide you with warm water and make sure your wifi works so that you can continue to work or scroll through social media and you don’t go crazy staying in the house all day. While using the portable generator, make sure you do not use it inside the house or garage and never plug it in directly to the outlet.