What You Should Know When the Power Goes Out

What You Should Know When the Power Goes Out

16 Feb

What You Should Know When the Power Goes Out

Power outages are a common occurrence throughout Georgia and the United States. In most cases, the loss of electricity only lasts a few minutes. Unfortunately, there can also be times when the power grid is down for days. At Mr. Electric of Atlanta, we proudly provide high quality residential and commercial electrical services for home and business owners in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Our certified electricians in Atlanta enjoy helping local clients improve the safety and reliability of their electricity and we want to do the same for you. Here are a few tips on how to properly care for yourself and loved ones following a power outage, and what you can do to prevent complications down the road. 

What Should Property Owners Do After Losing Power?

The first step after a power outage is to find out whether the problem is internal or external. If there is an issue with the electrical panel or wiring in your own home or building, then contact an electrician right away. However, if you speak with neighbors or contact the electrical company and determine that the problem is due to a downed power line, damaged transformer or some other external source, then you’ll have to wait for the company to fix it. In either case, it’s a good idea to turn off the electricity at the breaker box until power has been restored. Sometimes power surges can occur when the energy is reinstated, and expensive electronics and appliances may be damaged if you don’t have whole house surge protection. 

Important Safety Precautions 

Always prioritize the safety of yourself and loved ones first. When the electricity is shut down, you may be without access to heat, air conditioning, cooking appliances, refrigeration and hot water. Also, those who depend on electrical medical devices could be at risk. If weather permits, you may want to travel to a safe area, or stay with friends and family until the power returns. If you choose to stay at home, or if there is a severe storm, be very careful when venturing outside. The power may have been lost due to a downed power line, and water puddles can be lethal if they are conducting electricity. 

Ways to Prevent a Future Crisis 

Unfortunately, home and business owners have no control over power outages caused by external circumstances. While this may be so, there are some ways that families and businesses can protect themselves. Whole home surge protection can help reduce the chances of damaged appliances and electronics during a power failure. In addition, installing a standby generator will ensure that your home or commercial space remains fully functional, even when the power is lost to everyone else in the neighborhood. 

Do You Need Help with Your Electrical System? Call Mr. Electric of Atlanta Today

Is it time for you to invest in whole house surge protection or a standby generator installation? Has your electrical system suffered damage following a storm or power outage? Call Mr. Electric of Atlanta and get the help you need right away. Our team of licensed and insured electricians are always ready to help. We offer premium 24-hour emergency residential and commercial electrical services for clients within our local service area. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with a certified electrician in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Buckhead, Chamblee, Lawrenceville, Milton, Smyrna, Norcross, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Woodstock, Brookhaven, Georgia or a surrounding metro area neighborhood.