Severe storms can sneak up on you and having the right electrical devices in place before these storms hit can be a lifesaver. You may think that just running into the basement or storm cellar is all there is to it. In fact, you'll likely need many electrical and electronic devices to make your ride through the storm more bearable, safer, and more comfortable.
Portable All Weather Radio
An all weather radio is a must-have when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Having a radio with both an electrical connection and a battery backup, will allow you to keep up to date on the changing weather conditions.
Sump pumps are a must-have when the severe storms produce widespread heavy rains and flooding conditions. There are standard sump pumps that connect to 110-volt outlets and are great when the power is on. But if the power fails, your sump pump is dead in the water, literally! That is, of course, unless you have a battery-backup sump pump.
These automatically switch to run off of a battery in case of power failure. Although they won't run forever, they can buy you time to get a generator connected and save your basement or crawl space from filling up with water in the meantime.
Portable generators have become something we cannot live without. With the frequency of storms and the number of power outages we all face each year, these generators make life go on like a storm never happened.
Severe storms often cause power outages and downed power lines from ice storms, high winds, and lightning strikes. With portable generators,you can supply power to homes and keep essential things running like refrigerators, freezers, furnaces, wells, and sump pumps.
When the lights suddenly go out in a home, the result can be severe injuries. Many dangers lurk in homes like staircases and furniture in the way, just to name a couple. How many times have you had the lights go out and a flashlight is nowhere to be found. Or worse yet, when you do find one, the batteries are either dead or nearly dead.
That's why installing a battery backup light or two makes good sense. These units incorporate a 120-volt transformer that converts the power to 12 volts in order to charge the battery. This battery powers the light bulbs when the power goes out. It automatically switches the lights when the power fails, providing lighting the second the power fails.
Flashlights are always handy to have around the house and with that, a fresh set of batteries should be installed before the spring and summer stormy season hits. A good rule of thumb is to replace the batteries in your flashlight every year when daylight savings time changes the clocks. This is the time of year we recommend that you also change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Fans are a great way of keeping cool when in enclosed places lie storm cellars and basements. There are electric fans and those run by batteries. Many times, when storms hit, the air is hot and muggy. A cool breeze is a welcome feeling and makes the wait for the storm to get over more bearable.
Storms often hit during the winter and may knock out power to your heater. Some heaters use propane, natural gas, or electricity to generate heat.
If you have a generator to power an electric heater, they provide a great temporary heat source. These heaters often come with a safety anti-tip switch that will turn the unit off if it happens to be tiiped on its side.
Natural gas and propane heaters can provide a great source of heat but should be well ventilated. While some units require vents, others are non-vented and extreme caution should be used so as not to gas yourself out.