Tips to Manage Severe Weather Conditions: Diesel Generators Provide Power in Critical Times

| May 23, 2017

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It’s nearing that time of year when lightning cracks, heavy rain pours, strong winds blow and thunder echoes. Winter is coming.

The end of cyclone season (October to April) and the start of winter brings the threat of power outages, associated with severe weather damage, to increased sections of mainland Australia.

In fact, variable weather patterns have created havoc across the nation this past year. More than 200 weather records tumbled and ranged from extreme heat to devastating tropical cyclones making landfall. One factor in common with these severe heat and storm conditions was the impact on power supply.

In many cases, homeowners were left without power for extended periods and living conditions were described as ‘third world’ while they struggled to cope with everyday tasks waiting for power to be restored.

Portable generators, whether diesel or petrol, can be a lifesaver during a storm or extreme weather and make coping with the aftermath a lot easier. Used to power essential appliances, a diesel generator can help keep you safe, warm, fed and connected with loved ones or emergency services.

Backup Generators

The demand for backup generators has been on the rise as Australian weather patterns become more turbulent. As the weather worsens, the need for generator and backup power increases, especially in high risk locations.

It’s not uncommon for people to purchase generators earlier in the year to prepare for the storm season. With weather predictions showing an increase in storm activity, smart home and business owners are increasingly relying on backup power sources like diesel generators to cope with the impact of wild weather.

Preparing for Winter Storms

Every home needs to be prepared for storms. It’s important to have a plan of attack in place should your home or business lose power. If candles and hurricane lamps aren’t sufficient, consider a backup generator to power essential appliances.

If you already have a generator, make sure it hasn’t been sitting in storage collecting dust. If it has, give it a tune-up before you need to rely on it come storm season.

Preventative maintenance goes a long way to keeping your generator in good working order. If you’re using an old generator, make sure any worn parts are replaced well in advance. Ensure you’re stocked up on diesel as well. This is safer and easier to store than petrol and less expensive to run.

In addition to having access to a reliable backup power option, gutters, downpipes and water drains should all be cleared. Make sure your insurance covers flood and storm damage and sign up for severe weather alerts to be kept in the loop.

Power Outage Disasters

No power can make life tough. To understand the benefits of generators during blackouts, take a moment to consider how many critical appliances you have under your roof that rely on electricity. Loss of hot water, no refrigeration to keep food and drinks fresh and no way of charging phones for emergency situations.

Power outages mean no lights for night vision and safety, no access to radio or computers to check weather updates or vital information and limited communication with others. From a business perspective, blackout down time can be detrimental to revenue. Thus, it becomes more crucial than ever to have a backup power source to stay connected.

Spend some time setting up a generator prior to storm season and ensure you can automatically switch to backup power mode when needed.

Whether you’re in a high-risk area or you just want to have a reliable source of power for emergency situations, investing in a diesel generator can makes life a little easier during severe weather.

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Able Sales – An Australian wide supplier of quality diesel and petrol generators for off-grid living and backup power. You can catch her on Google+.

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