In the United Kingdom weather disasters, such as hurricanes, tornado's and tsunamis are not a common worry. But for those living in United States who live on coast lines or within 'tornado valley' the threat can be common and real. This is where generators can become invaluable, providing power in times of need. Here in the UK we may not be exposed to such harmful natural disasters. But there are many instances where a generator will be required during any instance of a power outage.
So let's cover what a generator is and why they can become so useful during any disaster resulting in power outage.
Each home should have steps in place during the event of an emergency. From the basics of a first aid kit and extra supplies of water and food. It would be a good idea to have a torch, portable radio and blankets. Whether stored in a car or garage, these essential items can make a huge difference for those in an emergency.
Although these items will ensure warmth, and the ability to stay fed and watered for a day or two, the issue itself may involve longer downtime in power supply. This is where a generator can become a life saver and also an essential item when combined with the above items.
But before going out and purchasing a generator there are a few areas that must be researched first. Such as discovering which items would be required to run, because generators can be overloaded. It would be smart to consider essentials such as the fridge and freezer to ensure food is kept fresh. This can also involve lighting. It's essential that the amount of power required is calculated. This involves including the start up watts and running watts used by the appliances. It would be encouraged to seek professional advice if necessary.
When choosing a generator it smart to decide on one that can produce more power than required. This can help reduce the chance of the generator blowing a fuse or damaging other appliances connected to the generator.
It must be noted than generators do come with many different health and safety issues also. One must never use a generator indoors. This is because most generators run on diesel and therefore produce carbon monoxide. Therefore always use in an open space away from window and vents. When using outside, ensure that a canopy is used to shield from the rain.
It's also advisable that when using a generator that is has been connected properly. This involves plugging appliances directly into the generator or into a heavy duty extension cord that has been rated to equal the sum of the alliance load.
For each and every home, the requirements during any kind of disaster or power outage will be different. For example, many homes may only require a portable generator in order to keep the bare essentials in order. Whereas for buildings such as schools, hospitals etc... a permanently installed generator will be required.
Of course not everyone can afford or have the space to store all of these items including a generator. Fortunately, there are many companies providing generator rental, especially in such times of need.