How to Handle A Power Outage

How to Handle A Power Outage
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There is never a convenient time to experience a power outage, but like all emergencies — a blackout may strike at the most unexpected time. If you find yourself without power, here are a few tips on how you can manage:

Track Mobile Power Inventory

Make sure to have batteries or an alternative power source available to meet your electronic needs and charge your portable items such as charger or power bank. Have a flashlight available for every household member, and gauge whether your cellphone has enough charge to last until you have access to electricity again. 

Medical Supplies

It’s important to have instructions handy for medicine that must be refrigerated or kept at a set temperature. The best way to know is to talk to your medical provider about a medical outage plan; it provides insights and helps one understand the specific guidelines for medicine critical to one’s life. 

Managing Appliances

During a power outage, temporary lighting methods such as a fireplace or gas oven are often used to heat or as an alternative for lighting causing levels of carbon monoxide to rise. As a result, it’s crucial to avoid poisoning by installing detectors at all levels of your home to keep track of carbon monoxide. A rule of thumb is never to use a gas stovetop or oven to power your home. In addition, it’s essential to note power may come back on sporadically during an electricity outage, so it’s in your benefit to turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. 

Generator Install

Lastly, the best way to combat a power outage is to install a home standby generator, which will automatically turn on seconds after the power goes out. Installing a home generator at your home or business brings immense value, peace of mind for starters, and living life without any interruptions.

To find more information on the standby generator that will best suit your needs, contact us today for a home generator assessment.

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Landscaping and Standby Generators

Landscaping and Generators

It’s a known fact that standby generators are not pretty to look at. This can be a particularly touchy subject for homeowner’s associations who have strict requirements regarding the appearance of your landscaping. Fear not, read our guide to discover how to add curb appeal to your generator.

Planning

The first step to any landscaping project is the planning phase. Start by checking your HOA documents (if applicable) to see any landscape requirements or restrictions that apply to your neighborhood. Consider your current landscaping and create a layout that will blend with or enhance surrounding features. Plan for clearance and choose appropriate plants that will not interfere with the operation of your generator or make access to the generator impossible. It may help to sketch out your plans to get an idea of how your landscaping choices will look visually.

Generator Clearance

It is important to note that standby generators require a certain amount of clearance in order to operate safely. The rule of thumb when planning landscaping to go along with your generator is to maintain 18” of clearance from the side of your house and 36” clearance on either side. Maintaining the appropriate amount of clearance will ensure that your generator can operate safely and can be accessed by a maintenance professional. 

Flower beds and rock gardens

Flower beds and rock gardens can act as an extension to your current landscaping and are easy to create. Make your generator a part of your garden by installing it inside a flower bed or rock garden to add a nice aesthetic, providing a clean, manicured appearance. Choose your favorite pebble or mulch and add edging to create a clean, minimalistic design. This can be done in many different ways to incorporate your color scheme and design choices. 

Standby generator in rock garden / flower bed

Shrubbery

For individuals who would like to hide their generator from view, consider shrubbery. Shrubs can hide your generator while still providing access for maintenance on the condition that they are properly maintained. Choose from shrubs that complement your existing landscape, and you may forget your generator is even there until your experience a power outage! A few recommended shrubs are:

  • Evergreens
  • Azaleas – Phoenicia and Imperial Queen
  • Camellia
  • Alba Plena
  • Glen 40
  • Nuccio’s Bella Rossa
Standby generator with bushes

Fencing

There are a variety of fencing options to hide your generator. You can choose from a standard privacy fence, a green fence made of climbing plants, or a DIY art piece such as up-cycled shutters. Fences are a great option for hiding generators and utilities in general. Choosing a fence color that matches the color scheme of your house will make it look like an addition to the existing structure.

Conclusion

There are many ways to hide a standby generator or incorporate it into your existing landscape. So, do not be deterred from getting a standby generator solely based on appearance! From plants to structures, you too can have a standby generator that is an asset to your property and never an eye-sore.

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Generator Horror Stories- Rat Attack

Rat Attack

Jerry woke up early Friday morning, grabbed his toolbox, and drove out to the Gibson’s house. It seems they lost power and their generator was not working. Prepared to investigate, Jerry removed the cover on the generator, and something immediately caught his eye. He discovered that a rat had chewed through the wiring! Jerry informed the Gibson’s of the problem and they were shocked! How could a rat have possibly caused so much damage?

generator, rat, wiring, chewing, horror

Small animals can wreck havoc on your generator. Rats, raccoons, mice, and other critters can chew through wiring and create nests inside. If your generator is not working like expected here is an acronym to keep it in top shape.

Routine Exercise
Oil Change
Debris Removal
Examine for Animals
New Filters
Test Fuel Connection
Schedule Maintenance

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PSA- Hurricane Preparation

Preparation and Generators

News providers report there is a 60% chance that a tropical depression will form in the Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of formation, Southwest Florida can expect upwards of 2-4 inches of rain. Some counties have already experienced rainfall well above the average for this time of the year. In addition to tropical depressions, the 2018 hurricane season is expected to be above average (see chart below). This being said, let us talk about preparation.

Hurricane Prediction 2018
2018 Hurricane Season Prediction USA TODAY

Hurricane season is ramping up. Consequently, it is important to make sure your generator is up to date on maintenance. Time and time again, we see families who have neglected maintenance. This results in a generator that does not work when you need it the most. With power outages that can last days, or even weeks, you do not want to be looking into the disappointed eyes of a spouse for a week when the A/C no longer works.

Generators are similar to vehicles, they require oil, filter changes, and routine usage. Maintenance should typically be performed once every two years. Things such as debris and failed parts can inhibit proper functionality. Providing maintenance on a generator can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, authorized dealers have experienced technicians specifically trained on the maintenance and upkeep of generators.

PSA- Hurricane Preparation

Having a generator alone is not enough. They require proper care in order to maintain your peace of mind. We encourage home and business owners to prepare before a Hurricane threatens Florida. Don’t be left in the dark.

PSA- Hurricane Preparation
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6 tips when purchasing a home generator

Tips purchasing generator

The stormy hurricane season across the southern United States this year left a lot of people with a frustrating reminder of just how problematic it can get to go days, weeks, or even longer without electricity.

All of the basic necessities we take for granted on a daily basis were suddenly gone. It was hot without air conditioning. It was dark without lighting. And amenities from television to computer access to the refrigerator were suddenly out of use.

Those storms had a lot of people, from Texas and Louisiana to Florida, turning to companies like Complete Power Resources so they could purchase a generator for the first time. Complete Power Resources was able to help them get a generator installed at their home. That way, they would never have to endure an electric shortage again.

For those who didn’t purchase a generator this time around but are now thinking about it, here are some helpful tips to consider first.

Why it’s important to have a home generator

Having a home generator is about more than just convenience. This is also about protecting your family when a disaster strikes. A generator becomes your long-term backup solution for a dependable power source whenever you need it.

It’s an ideal solution because during a power outage, a permanently installed standby generator brings power back to your home or business instantly. That’s true even if you’re away at the time.

A standby generator is built to sense when there’s a blackout and immediately begin producing power. Because it’s constantly monitoring incoming utility voltage. It takes only a few seconds for the standby generator to begin supplying electricity to the circuits you’ve selected for generator power.

And it will shut off automatically once your normal power source returns, since the generator now senses that utility line voltage has returned at a steady rate.

Your new generator will be hard-wired into your home’s electrical system. You don’t need to worry about extension cords.

But first you need to think about your own power needs and the right size generator to work best for you. Also think about how to properly maintain it, and what you need to do to set it up. Preparedness is the key to using a generator safely.

There are several factors you’ll want to consider when you’re looking to buy your first generator.

6 Tips Before You Purchase a Home Generator

That includes:

1. Ask about the amount of load that the generator will carry for your home. You want to be sure that in the event of an outage, the generator can meet the capacity of your family’s house.

2. Jot down a list of the electrical equipment you have that needs power if there’s a blackout. And be sure to find out in advance if your generator can handle the power that every single piece of equipment requires.

3. You may need a separate device, an automatic transfer switch to connect the generator to your existing electrical system. Most automatic standby generators come pre-packaged with a transfer switch. And this is something you want to ask about first. The transfer switch is what allows you to safely connect a generator to your home’s electrical circuits.

4. If you live in a region with a lot of salt in the air or high levels of humidity, consider getting an aluminum or composite generator enclosure. They’re resistance to rust and corrosion and protect your generator from the elements.

5. Take some time to educate yourself about what you need to do to keep the generator well maintained. Generators require periodic oil and filter changes. That ensures you get reliable service for years. You can also purchase a preventative maintenance kit. And be sure to get an owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

6. To determine the right size generator for your home, consider having an installation specialist conduct a load measurement of the circuits you want backed up by your standby generator.

Why are these steps important?

Taking these steps will ensure that during the next major power outage, no matter how long your neighbors and the rest of the city are waiting to get power restored, you’ll be able to keep the lights on. You will also keep the refrigerator running, and the air conditioning or heating units operating.

You also want to consider safety as well. That’s why it’s important to test run the machine before the next outage strikes. Wheel it out to the location where you intend to run it, and try putting it through its paces. You want to be absolutely certain everything works as intended when the power goes out.

It’s also important to have the installation either done, or inspected by, a professional installer. Because overloading a home’s branch circuit poses a risk for creating a fire. That’s particularly true if you have an older home with an aging wiring system.

Conclusion

Complete Power Resources is your source for home based Backup Power Generators. And we have an effective and straightforward installation process.

Our team goes where the backup power generator is going to be installed. We determine the best placement for the unit. We’ll also advise you if we feel there needs to be any changes done to the installation site.

We provide you with a detailed explanation of the equipment required for your power needs. And we give you detailed spec sheets outlining what will be furnished and installed. We handle all your permitting needs.

We have a warranty available to cover your needs in the future. Our expert technicians can troubleshoot any issues
your backup power systems may be experiencing, and we can resolve them in a timely manner.

CPR recommends servicing your backup power unit twice a year. Our annual service plan will allow our certified technicians to perform a variety of safety and reliability checks on your unit. Performing routine maintenance on your system helps ensure it works when you need it most.

Call us today at 866-330-4277 to learn more about getting a generator to protect yourself and your family the next time there’s a natural disaster and a widespread power outage where you live.

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Nursing Home Emergency Power Plan

(1) Procedures Regarding Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes. Nursing homes shall, within forty-five (45) days of the effective date of this emergency rule, provide in writing, to the Agency for Health Care Administration and to the local emergency management agency for review and approval, a detailed plan which includes the following criteria:

(a) The acquisition of a sufficient generator or sufficient generators to ensure that current licensees of nursing homes will be equipped to ensure ambient temperatures will be maintained at 80 degrees or less for a period of a minimum of ninety-six (96) hours in the event of the loss of electrical power.

(b) The acquisition and safe maintenance of sufficient fuel to ensure that in an emergency situation the generators can function to maintain ambient temperatures at 80 degrees or less for a period of a minimum of ninety-six (96) hours in the event of the loss of electrical power.

(c) The acquisition of services necessary to install, maintain, and test the equipment and its functions to ensure the safe and sufficient operation of the generator system installed in the nursing home

(2) Each nursing home shall, within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this rule, have implemented the plan required under this rule.

(3) If the facility’s initial submission of the plan is denied, then the local emergency management agency shall report the denial to the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the facility within forty-eight (48) hours of the date of denial.

(4) Within ten (10) business days of the date of the local county emergency management agency’s notice of denial, the facility shall resubmit their plan.

(5) The county shall post all approved facility emergency management plans to their website within ten (10) days of the plan’s approval.

(6) Within forty-eight (48) hours of the approval of the plan from the local emergency management agency, the facility shall submit in writing proof of approval to the Agency for Health Care Administration.

(7) The State Fire Marshall shall conduct inspections to ensure compliance with this rule within fifteen (15) days of installation.

(8) Each nursing home facility shall develop and implement written policies and procedures to ensure that the facility can effectively and immediately activate, operate and maintain the generators and alternate fuel required for the operation of the generators.

(9) The Agency for Health Care Administration may revoke the nursing home’s license for failure to comply with this rule.

(10) In addition to other remedies provided by law, violation of this rule shall result in a fine or sanction of $1,000 per day.

(11) The facility shall implement policies and procedures to ensure that the health care facility can effectively and immediately activate and maintain the generators and alternate fuel required for the operation of the generators. Rulemaking Authority 400.23, 408.819, 408.821(4) FS. Law Implemented 400.23, 408.819, 408.821(4) FS. History – New 9/

SPECIFIC REASONS FOR FINDING AN IMMEDIATE DANGER TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY OR WELFARE:

The State has experienced extreme shortages of electrical power that have jeopardized, and continue to jeopardize, thehealth,safety,andwelfareofresidentsinFlorida’snursinghomes. AccordingtotheUnitedStatesCensus Bureau, Florida has the largest percentage of residents age 65 and older in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people age 65 years or older are more prone to heal-related health problems. An incompetent response by a nursing facility to a loss of air conditioning after Hurricane Irma resulted in the tragic loss of eight senior citizens at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Thousands of frail seniors reside in nursing homes in Florida. Ensuring that nursing homes maintain sufficient resources to provide alternative power sources during emergency situations mitigates the concerns related to the health, safety, and welfare of residents in those nursing homes that experience loss of electrical power. This emergency rule establishes a process for certain nursing homes to obtain sufficient equipment and resources to ensure that the ambient temperature of the nursing homes will be maintained at 80 degrees or less within the facilities for a minimum of ninety-six (96) hours in the event of the loss of electrical power. Prompt implementation of this rule is necessary to ensure continuity of care and to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of residents of Florida’s nursing homes.

REASON FOR CONCLUDING THAT THE PROCEDURE IS FAIR UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES:

The procedure used to adopt this emergency rule is fair, as the State of Florida is under a declaration of emergency due to the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, and it is essential to ensure as soon as possible that temperatures in nursing homes are maintained at a level providing for the safety of the residents residing therein; provides at least the procedural protection given by other statutes, the State Constitution, or the United States Constitution; and takes only the action necessary to protect the public interest under the emergency procedure. SUMMARY: This emergency rule establishes a process for the Agency for Health Care Administration to ensure that licensees of nursing homes develop and implement plans that ensure ambient temperatures will be maintained at 80 degrees or less for a minimum of ninety-six (96) hours in the event of the loss of electrical power to a health care facility.

THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE EMERGENCY RULE IS: Kimberly Stewart, Agency for Health Care Administration, Division of Health Quality Assurance, Bureau of Health Facility Regulation, 2727 Mahan Drive, MS# 28A, Tallahassee, FL 32308.

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