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Your Electrical System & Hurricane Season

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Your Electrical System & Hurricane Season

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What You Need To Know When Preparing Your Electrical System For a Hurricane

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Peak hurricane season is mid-August to late October, although the season itself lasts from June to November. Hurricanes are known for causing substantial damage wherever they strike, especially to outdoor electrical and hvac systems, so be sure not to dismiss the warnings! Even small Category One hurricanes can create power outages that last for days.

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Because our Florida customer base is particularly at risk during this season, the team here at King’s Electrical put together a guide to help you keep you & your electrical system safe during the next storm.

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Look Into a Whole Home Surge Protector

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Hurricanes can cause power surges, which can be a death sentence for your appliances, electronics, and even your  hvac and electrical systems themselves. These power surges often occur when the power first comes back to the home. If you don’t have a surge protector when this occurs, you may find yourself in need of more than some new siding.

Whole home surge protectors will greatly reduce the risk of electrical surges negatively impacting your home and the costly equipment within it.

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Make Sure You Can Rely On Your Portable Generator

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If your power goes out during a hurricane, you will be  have a portable generator on hand. Just make sure for your household’s safety that you know how to properly operate one.

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King’s has a few tips to ensure proper portable generator safety is exercised:

  • Keep it outside and in an unenclosed space, at least 20 feet from doors, vents and windows.
  • Avoid using it as a permanent solution.
  • Attach only the amount of appliances it is intended to handle.
  • Always use a transfer switch between the unit and your home for safety.
  • Use GFCI outlets.
  • Use three-prong extension cords.

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Additionally, you can get battery-operated CO alarms or battery backups. And unless you are a qualified electrician, have your generator installed by a professional.

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Floods Bring Major Risks – Protect Yourself

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Flooding kills more people every year than any other severe weather condition. It’s also extremely hazardous to have your home’s electrical system exposed to flooding. So what can be done?

The first step is not to try to drive away from your home after the flooding starts. Over half of all flooding fatalities occur inside of a vehicle. Two feet of water anywhere is all it takes to carry your car away. Don’t enter flood waters on your own either; electrical shock could occur from downed lines.

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If you’re in your home when it floods, keep the power off, even after the water seems to go away. An electrician and HVAC technician should verify that both your electrical and HVAC systems are functioning safely and did not suffer irreparable damages due to flood waters, debris or wind. We strongly advise our customers to exercise extreme caution around all electrical components and do not attempt to address any of these issues on your own. Instead, contact your trusted, local electrical and hvac providers at King’s Electrical & AC to ensure your home is safe! 

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Need more information on portable generators, surge protection or the safety of your electrical system after a flood, hurricane or other water-related incident, feel free to call the trusted experts at King’s Electrical & AC at (877) 937-9661.

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