Power outages in the Baltimore area are common during summer storm season, so make sure you know what to do if you lose power. ServiceMaster of Baltimore is your leading disaster restoration company, but we also want to help you prevent those disasters from occurring in the first place. Check out our advice on what to do if the power goes out and how to prepare before it happens.
1. Determine the Cause and Report the Outage
If your power goes out during a thunderstorm, you’re probably dealing with a weather-related outage that affects your entire neighborhood. Check in with neighbors and see if they’ve lost power as well, which will help you determine if the problem is widespread or if it is limited to your home. Baltimore area residents should call BGE to report the outage.
2. Unplug Major Appliances
If you were in the middle of drying your hair with a hair dryer when the lights went out, be sure to turn the switch off and unplug it so it doesn’t turn on when the power comes back. Unplug major appliances such as your refrigerator and computers to avoid power surge damage when power is restored, which can completely destroy the electronic components inside. Keep sensitive electronics on a surge protector and ensure your surge protectors are still functional on a regular basis.
3. Watch For Flooding
Most homes are equipped with a sump pump, which is a pump located in the lowest part of the home that helps remove groundwater or flood water. Many sump pumps are electric, which means if the power goes out and there is significant rainfall, such as during a hurricane, you may experience basement flooding. Keep an eye on your basement if you lose power, and if you see flooding, act quickly to keep it to a minimum.
4. Operate A Generator Safely
If you know you will be dealing with a long-term power outage or you have at-risk family members that require electricity, you may decide to use a gas-powered generator. Always keep your generator away from the home and never operate it indoors, as the exhaust fumes can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and a fire hazard.
Prepare For the Worst
Ensure your family is prepared for power outages, floods, and fires to minimize damage and disruption to your life. Fortunately, power is quickly restored in most cases, but you should still prepare ahead of time according to your needs. And if disaster does strike, remember to call ServiceMaster of Baltimore, where our service technicians can be on-site of an emergency restoration within two to four hours, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us at 410-780-1700 or contact us online.