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Nowadays, generators are the go-to solution for homeowners, offering peace of mind during power failures, outages, and natural disasters. During uncertain times, these bad boys come in handy by converting gasoline, propane, or natural gas into much-needed electricity, keeping essential appliances running.

When you lose power it’s not only the lights that go out. Food begins to spoil, security systems often fail, and sump pumps shut down. Keep critical lights, appliances and systems operating and feel secure with a portable generator.  Generators can be used with ease no matter where you need power.

How to choose?

There are two main types of generators: a standby generator and a portable generator. Standby generators are permanently connected to your home or business.  The primary benefit is that they detect power disruptions and automatically start up.  They are connected directly to your natural gas or propane supply so they don’t need refueling, and they supply your home with electricity through the electrical panel.

Portable generators, on the other hand, are smaller, transportable and run on gasoline or propane. Think of these as a portable power plant that can supply electricity to the appliances through an electrical cord.  They come in a wide range of sizes and can be used at home, while camping or enjoying other outdoor recreational activities.

How to use?

The most important safety aspect to remember when using a generator is its location. Always run a generator outside and away from open doors/windows. All engines give off carbon monoxide, so don’t run a generator in the garage or on the porch. Make sure extension cords are three-pronged, so they are grounded; when used they should be uncoiled and laid flat in an open location.

Using a generator is much easier than it used to be. Most of today’s generators can easily start with a pull cord, the push of a button or even with a remote starter. Multiple extension cords can connect to different appliances from one single supply cord.

How to NOT lose?

•    Refrigeration: Avoid food spoiling and empty stomachs
•    Heat/Power: Stay warm, well-lit, and comfortable
•    Sump Pump: Avoid basement flooding/dampness
•    Cooking: Use a microwave, toaster, or slow cooker
•    Plugged In: Charge laptops, iPads, and cellphones
•    Entertainment: Enjoy a well deserved Netflix binge
•    Ultimate Peace of Mind: Safeguard your home and family