In This Issue:
- What to do During an Extended Power Outage
- Generator Monitoring
- Free 10-Year Warranty Offer
- Referral Rewards
What to do During an Extended Power Outage
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Electric Power Industry Report, every state in the U.S. experienced a power outage in 2017. While the average U.S. power outage lasts over seven hours, some outages last much, much longer, especially if there is widespread damage from a storm or hurricane.
Here are some important safety tips to remember:
LP and Diesel fuels can run out during an extended outage. You can shut down the generator at night to conserve on fuel. You’ll also want to contact your fuel provider to determine if you can get more fuel.
Cool Your Engine (Air-Cooled units only, liquid-cooled units can run continuously)
Save wear and tear on your engine by letting it cool down during a long outage. You will want to first allow the generator to cool down for a minute or so before actually shutting a generator down. You can start this process by turning off any big load items in your home such as air conditioners and washing machines.
Check the Oil Level
Keep oil on hand and periodically check the oil level. Top off as needed being careful not to overfill. If your generator runs for more than 48+ hours continuously, a full maintenance should be done.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
When using a portable generator make sure it’s located at least 20 ft. away from your home. An average of 66 people a year die a year from generator-associated carbon monoxide poisoning, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety. Never use a generator in a garage or enclosed structure. Also use a heavy-duty extension cord when running a portable generator and point the exhaust away from your home.
Keep a Written Contact List
To conserve power on your cell phone, make sure you have a backup written list of contact numbers such as hospitals, your generator dealer, fuel supplier and of course loved ones or neighbors you may want to check up on.
Stock up on Batteries
Keep a supply of batteries to run flashlights, radios or other small electronics.
We also recommend you contact Perkins following an extended outage. Your generator may need service in order to be ready to run for the next outage.
Did you know your generator can fail to run due to some very common issues including:
- Battery Voltage
- Fuel Usage and Level
- Coolant Temperature
- System Alarms
- Exercise Cycles
- Many More
Perkins offers generator monitoring that can prevent many issues from becoming a problem, ensuring that your generator is ready for the next power outage. Perkins will be notified when a problem is detected, allowing us to respond quickly to address the issue. You will also be notified via text or email whenever your generator is on/off.
All monitoring products have a lifetime warranty. The added value, security and peace of mind that our generator monitoring provides is well worth the investment.
Call us today to get a quote on generator monitoring 770-251-9765.
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