According to Blackout Tracker, power outages in the United States that affect 50,000 people or more have increased over the past decade, and the Washington Post reported in 2013 that blackouts were taking infrastructure companies 20 percent longer to fix.
The result of these trends is that homeowners are often left to fend for themselves in the wake of natural disasters such as hurricanes or ice storms. Frighteningly, blackouts can even be caused by freak events; in 2012, a large snake found its way into equipment in an Atlanta substation and caused power outages for over 6,000 homes.
When power outages do occur, what is a crisis for everyone can become a very personal crisis for certain families, especially when no generator is present to run critical functions for a home.
The Medical Crisis
One of the scariest crises a family can experience during loss of power is a medical failure. If anyone in the home relies on electrically powered equipment to treat symptoms or conditions, then loss of power with no generator backup can actually put that person’s life at risk.
Extreme cases include individuals on in-home breathing machines, but the inability to run something as simple as a vaporizer can develop into a medical situation over the course of several days.
The Home Safety Crisis
Americans have equipped their homes with a number of safety devices to protect families and provide peace of mind. Two of the most common electric devices for safety are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
While many of these devices run on battery backup, if the batteries are not good and the power goes out, then you lose the alert functionality should fire or carbon buildup occur. Homeowners without power may also turn to tools such as fireplaces, candles, or other items that come with a slight risk, increasing safety concerns.
The Home Security Crisis
There’s a reason burglary statistics go up in times of natural disaster—many home security and home automation processes don’t work properly or at all when power grids go down. Families may also leave their homes unsecured and uninhabited while they seek shelter with friends who do have power and hot water, increasing the chance of a break in.
A good home generator can reduce the chances your family faces personal crisis amid a power outage. While most generators don’t power an entire home, you can use them to drive critical functions including medical devices, heat, refrigeration, and some lighting.
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