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March-Power-OutageWe are riding out the tail end of winter and edging into spring, here in Southern Massachusetts. March is famously encapsulated by the saying "in like a lion, out like a lamb" — which, let's be honest, has felt more like an unpredictable entrance and a Jumanji-style exit recently — it's crucial to be prepared for what Mother Nature throws our way. This month, while starting off mild, can quickly shift to deliver weather whiplash, often bringing wind and heavy wet snow that lead to power outages. Here's how you can manage these outages and the threat of freezing lines, ensuring you're ready for whatever this season has in store.

 

BE PREPARED!

Emergency Kit: Always have an emergency kit ready. This should include flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and enough food and water to last a few days.

Surge Protectors: Use surge protectors for your electronics. This can help protect them from damage when the power comes back on.

Backup Power: Consider investing in a generator or a portable charger to keep essential devices running during an outage.

Trim Back Trees: Regularly trim branches near your home and power lines. Preventative maintenance can reduce the risk of power outages and ensure the safety of your property. 

Keep it Charged: When you know a storm is coming, keep your phone charged.  If you lose power turn off your phone's WIFI to conserve battery and if others have a phone in your home power those down so you have a fully charged phone ready when your phone runs low.

Preventive Maintenance: Regular maintenance by a professional electrician can help mitigate the risks associated with severe weather. Scheduling inspections and maintenance work during milder weather can prevent many emergencies from arising.

  

WHEN OUTAGES STRIKE.

Stay Informed: Use your phone or a battery-powered radio to stay updated on the outage status and weather reports.

Safety First: Avoid opening refrigerators and freezers to keep your food cold longer. Also, never use open candles for light due to the fire risk; stick to flashlights or battery-operated lights.

Shut Off and Unplug: Be sure your burners are in the off position on your stove. You can unplug things like TV’s, Computers, or other electronics to protect them from surges when the power turns back on. Surge protectors mentioned before are helpful when you are not home. Keep a light on so you know when the power comes back on.

Who to Call: Report outages to your local utility company right away. For downed power lines or dangerous situations, stay far away and contact emergency services immediately.

 

While we can't control the weather, being prepared can significantly reduce the stress and danger associated with power outages. By taking proactive steps and knowing who to call in emergencies, you can protect your home and family from the unpredictable whims of nature. Remember, we are always here to help with preventive maintenance and emergency services. Stay safe, and let's weather the storms together with confidence!


 

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