We have had several damaging storms in the Myrtle Beach area in recent months. Some of these storms have caused wide-spread power outage. Here are some tips from electricians about what to do and what not to do in case of a power outage.
Electrical Safety Comes First:
- Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!
- Keep fresh batteries in a battery-operated radio.
- Turn off any electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
- Avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer.
- Listen to local radio for updated information.
- Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when power is restored.
- Do not run a generator inside your home or garage.
- If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Don’t connect a generator to your home electrical system.
Think Ahead & Have On Hand:
- Flashlight(s). Due to risk of fire, don’t use candles during a power outage.
- Portable radio.
- Batteries for flashlights and radio.
- At least one gallon of water.
- A small supply of food that doesn’t require refrigeration.
Using a Generator:
If you don’t already own a generator and are considering buying one, get advice from a certified electrician Myrtle Beach. Make sure the generator is listed with Underwriter’s Laboratories or a similar organization. Some municipalities, Air Quality Districts, or states have “air quality permit” requirements. A certified electrical contractor can provide more information. Always keep an operating generator outdoors — never operate inside, including in your basement or garage.