Residential Power Outage? Take These Safety Steps to Prevent Electrical Fire
Power outages are not only a nuisance, interrupting your TV show or destroying your dinner, but they can also be a sign of a dangerous electrical issue within your home. While many times the loss of power is due to heavy rain, high winds or down wiring, sometimes your home may be the only one gone dark on the street. EP Electric LLC provides a guide to power outage steps you should follow when the lights suddenly shut off in your home.
5 Cautionary Steps Following a Power Outage
Plan Ahead: No matter the reason your home has lost power you should always be prepared. Since you never know when an outage will happen or the length of time it will last you should have an emergency bag containing several flashlights, extra batteries, candles, lighter, fire extinguisher, backup phone charger, bottled water and several non-perishable food items.
Generator Installation: Your home should be equipped with either a portable or standby generator to supply limited power to your most important appliances. Consult with an electrician to determine the right power output for your home and professional installation.
Check the Neighborhood: Differentiate between an outage related to your utility company (storm, car accident, down wires) or due to your own home’s wiring or electrical failure. If the entire neighborhood is dark, report loss of power to the utility company. However, if you’re the only home without power, follow the steps below to diagnose the issue correctly and safely.
Inspect the Main Breaker: An electrical power outage is generally the result of a tripped main breaker. Inspect the switches and turn any that are tripped back to on. If nothing happens or the electrical panel trips again at any time a licensed electrician must step in to inspect the situation.
Call an Emergency Electrician: The final step to take after a residential power outage is to call a 24hr electrician for a professional diagnostic check & repair service. With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, an electrician can properly evaluate the situation and work to discover the source of the outage and come up with a plan for repair.
EP Electric LLC offers 24/7 emergency electrical diagnostic & repairs to our residential and commercial customers in the greater Philadelphia area, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County and Delaware County, PA. We promise to answer the phone day or night: 215-433-5004. One of our licensed electricians will arrive on the scene to evaluate the electrical situation and rectify it quickly & efficiently.