Preparing for Future Power Outages: Backup Generators from Your Genesee County Electrician

genesee county mi wind storm power outage electricianLast month, Michigan experienced one of the worst windstorms in recent memory. When all was said and done, more than 850,000 people were without power, with Genesee County being one of the most impacted counties in Michigan. In a press briefing, the governor of Michigan called the storm “the largest combined statewide event in history.” Many residents were forced to find refuge in warming shelters as temperatures dropped.

In light of this disastrous storm, we wanted to take the time to remind our customers of the importance of having a backup generator for their homes and businesses in case of power outages. All power outages are inconvenient, but when power is lost for several days, like in the case of last month’s windstorm, being without power can have some real consequences. For example, if temperatures in your home get too low and you don’t have the ability to heat your house, it can be a dangerous situation, especially for the very young or the very elderly. Your communication with the outside world may also be severely limited if you aren’t able to use your computer or phone. This could mean that you’re unable to contact anyone in case of an emergency, or you could experience a temporary loss of income if you depend on your computer or phone for work.

Electrician Express in Genesee County is an authorized dealer of Kohler generators, and we highly recommend their products to our customers. We sometimes get calls asking if we sell or install Generac generators (another well-known brand of backup generators), but as experienced electricians, we prefer Kohler generators, which are comparable to Generac products in terms of quality, reputation and price.

If you already have a generator, here are a few safety tips from your Genesee County electrician to keep in mind:

  • Never use a generator indoors, even in an attached garage or basement, or near any air intakes. Generators give off carbon monoxide, which is odorless and colorless, but extremely dangerous.
  • Make sure your generator is properly connected. If you aren’t sure how to do this, contact an experienced electrician at Electrician Express.
  • Never add fuel to your generator while it is running.

Another precaution you can take to help ensure that future power outages don’t occur when the winds pick back up is to make sure the trees around your home or business are trimmed back so that if they fall, they won’t take power lines down with them. This was what caused the majority of power outages in last month’s storm. If you notice trees growing near power lines, contact your energy provider and ask them about having the tree trimmed or removed.

If you’re interested in talking with one of our Genesee County electricians about purchasing a Kohler generator for your home or office, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss the various options with you and help you select a product that would be best suited for your needs.

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