In This Issue:
- 2020 Hurricane Season Packing A Punch!
- Generator Maintenance Checklist
- Prepare Your Family for a Power Outage
Perkins COVID-19 Protocol
As predicated, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season is unfortunately off quite a start. As of the beginning of August we are on a record-setting pace. Five named storms formed in July, for only the second time in recorded history according to weather.com. Adding insult to injury, two hurricane season outlooks issued this week suggest we could run out of hurricane names for only the second time, requiring the use of the Greek alphabet for storm names if we have another named system after Wilfred. The 2020 season will likely bring from 19 to 25 named storms, said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
The take away from this early storm activity is that we need to take action an prepare our homes and businesses to weather the upcoming peak of the hurricane season.
You can download Generac’s hurricane preparedness guide on their website.
• Planning for family members and pets
• When to stay and when to leave
• What to do in the instance you lose power
• How to prevent storm inconveniences
Generator Maintenance Checklist
We recommend semi-annual maintenance of your home standby generator to ensure that everything is in working order and your generator will function when the power is interrupted. Our trained technicians are available 24-7 if there is ever a problem with your unit.
Here is a check list of items that we review:
Landscape & Enclosure
- Make sure that the generator is not in the path of irrigation systems, down spouts or under an eve without a gutter
- Review clearance from plants, fencing and other materials (back and sides)
- Check mounting surface/pad is in good condition, level and free of cracks
- Check area for excess standing water, erosion
- Clean intake and exhaust louvers
- Check for pests – insect and rodent damage
- Check the control panel fuse
- Verify battery terminals are clean and tight
- Check fuel system including debris and corrosion
- Check oil level – change if needed
- Inspect air filter
Remember parts and maintenance are our specialty! Our service contracts (link) are an affordable way to keep your generator in peak operating condition!
Prepare Your Family for a Power Outage
Create a Family Communication Plan for Power Outages
- Determine what to do and where to go if a power outage occurs while you’re at home, work, school, or outdoors.
- Assign a designated place just outside your home and in your neighborhood to meet up with family if you become separated.
- Have a designated friend or family member, who lives outside your area, to contact if separated.
Consider Power Outage Likelihood and Severity
- A storm watch means severe weather is possible soon. A warning means a storm has been spotted.
- Look into options for staying informed about changing weather conditions – Radio, TV, Smartphone applications and Wireless Emergency Alerts from your county.
- Plan ahead for an extended outage— have coolers for food, prepare pipes, and gather batteries, pet food, medications and water.
Inspect and Prepare Home and Property
- Move small items such as lawn chairs that could be picked up by wind indoors.
- Clear out downspouts, window wells, gutters, and stairwells to prevent flooding.
- Reinforce windows and doors, and trim weak tree branches.