Four Tips to Prevent Power Failure Damage

When electrical power is disrupted, the potential exists for costly damage. Whether it’s lightning from a thunderstorm, the strong winds of a tornado or the heavy snows of a blizzard, powerful storms can cause blackouts, brownouts, and other electrical disruptions.

While you can’t control the weather, you can safeguard your valuable appliances and electronics against the threat of a power disruption. Following these tips can save time and potentially expensive replacement costs.

1.   Power down and pull the plug

Whenever a storm approaches, take the time to go through your home to turn off and unplug all small electronics and appliances. Lightning can enter your house through the wiring and disconnecting these items from their power source will protect them from damage. If you notice signs of a brownout once the storm hits, such as a prolonged dimming of lights, your refrigerator’s motor might have difficulty operating in this low-voltage situation. Don’t risk touching the plug or outlet during the storm, but you may want to break out the ice cream before it melts.