Living in Florida, Hurricanes are Around. How can I Prepare?

With everything that is going on regarding the coronavirus, it’s hard to also think about hurricane preparations. However, being in Florida, it is always good to be prepared and up to date on the necessary services needed to keep you and your loved ones safe. Here are a few things to consider for your home.

Having A Backup Generator

For some people, this item is deemed as a necessity. For others, this might be thought of as unnecessary. Having a backup generator can keep your home running and keep you comfortable during a long-term power outage. Owning a backup generator will also save you money on groceries. When the power goes out, usually, all the perishable items in your refrigerator will go wrong the same day. So beyond maintaining a sense of normalcy in your home, owning a backup generator will prevent the things in your fridge from going bad and potentially save you hundreds in grocery bills.  

Electrical Safety

During a severe storm, it’s essential to be mindful of all your electrical appliances. When you don’t use preventative measures, there is a risk of injury and potential home damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you should:

  • Turn off utilities, and turn on your propane tank.
  • Stay out of floodwaters, and do not drive in affected areas.
  • If your home is flooded, keep your power off until a professional has inspected your property.

With any unwanted issues that could affect the safety of your family, it’s crucial to have a professional check any equipment that could need to be replaced.

Electrical Services

Getting your house serviced to make sure you are prepared to withstand a storm is very important in Florida. If you come across any broken, live wires, it’s important to call a professional to disconnect the power. Having a professional come into your home and install surge protection can save many valuable electronics in a house. When a home or an area near the home is struck by lightning, it’s likely there will be a power surge. Power surges can destroy electronics.

For any electrical services and safety concerns, give Gulf Coast Electric a call. It’s time to think about being prepared for hurricane season.