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6 Things You Should Never Do During a Power Outage

6 Things You Should Never Do During a Power Outage

Power outages are frustrating, and even worse if they last for long. Mostly you’ll find articles online relating to what you ‘should’ do in such cases like turning on your emergency light. But what you shouldn’t do is equally important.

Take a look at these six things which you should never do during a power outage!

1. Do not let your phone get discharged.

During a power outage, you cannot watch TV and hardly have enough light to read a book. So playing games on your mobile or iPad for hours might probably seem like the only option left. But this is exactly what you shouldn’t do! You need to put down your phone and save your battery to use at the time of emergencies.

If you cannot resist opening apps, then make sure that you buy a portable phone charger in case your lifeline dies out of battery.

2. Do not keep any electronics plugged in.

You should unplug electronics during power outages, as doing this can offer protection from electrical surge due to the power coming back. One more way to deal with the power surge issue is to install a surge protector in an electric panel, or plug sensitive electronics in a surge-protected power strip.

3. Do not keep every single thing unplugged.

All said and done, still you should keep at least a single lamp plugged in during a power outage so that you will know when the power is back. Or else, you can consider using an emergency light to keep you illuminated in the dark hours.

4. Do not open the fridge often.

Every time you open your fridge or freezer door, all the cold air gets out and it won’t be re-cooled until the power is back. If you leave your fridge unopened, you can hope to keep your food at a safe temperature for at least four hours. So try to resist opening it unless necessary.

5. Do not leave your freezer half empty.

Your food in full freezer will remain good for minimum 24 hours. Your ice and frozen food are similar to ice packs and they keep on insulating the entire freezer making sure that the unit does not have to waste energy. So keep your freezer stacked up with frozen foods and drinks to keep it cooler even during power outages!

6. Do not put your generator in your garage.

Hopefully, you are already aware that your generator gives away toxic carbon monoxide, so you need to keep it in the open air and away from your house. Even with the garage door open, your garage is still enclosed and close to your home; hence, avoid putting your generator there. Keep it at least 20 feet away from your home to avoid the fumes.

Now that you know what not to do during power outages, you are better prepared to deal with them! Also, one essential element of dealing with power outages is to have home emergency light ready at your disposal.

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What Happens to My Smart Home When the Power Goes Out?

What Happens to My Smart Home When the Power Goes Out?

More and more of us are installing smart systems and devices in our homes. These systems are often integrated and work together seamlessly 24/7. However, what happens when the power goes out? You may not have given much thought about your smart system’s performance under a power outage. Don’t worry too much, though, as many of your devices will still operate if the power goes out.

The Smart System

Many smart homes are controlled through smart hubs that connect your devices together into one system. These hubs serve to let you control smart items that use disparate types of running systems via one control source. Will your smart hub still be able to function if your home loses power? If the system has an alternative source of power, then the answer is yes.

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Some hubs have alternate battery power sources, and some do not. For instance, the third generation SmartThings hub from Samsung does not possess a battery source. How will an out-of-commission smart hub affect your smart system? It mainly means a loss of convenience. The separate devices will still work, or not, according to their respective designs but will not work in tandem.

Battery Powered

Many smart devices have dual power sources. Smart objects with backup batteries will continue to run, while devices that run solely on electricity will not. The good news about smart device connectivity during a power outage is that common items such as smart thermostats, garage doors, and key locks usually have batteries and will remain operational. Smart security systems that are powered by phone lines will work during an electrical power outage, but ones that use the internet will not. And, of course, smart versions of items that will not work without electricity will still not work. Smart light bulbs, smart cooling systems and smart plugs will not function without electricity.

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Manual Operation

Some smart items also have power alternatives other than batteries. Most garage doors can be operated manually by being released from their power source. When setting the garage doors to a manual release, always ensure the garage door is fully closed before releasing the door.

Smart keyless door locks actually have a key component that you can use to unlock the door when necessary. You can also add battery packs to your routers and security cameras to keep them running. For convenient lighting in your home during an outage, you can use LED light bulbs that have internal batteries.

In most areas, power outages from sources provided by municipalities are inevitable at some point in time. Whether you have a smart system in your home or not, odds are that most of your home devices are operated by electricity. If you do not have an emergency generator, then having devices with secondary battery power or manual alternatives is a good way of providing power during these circumstances.

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