Most of us are exposed to harsh elements each season from hurricanes to massive snowstorms. All of which can leave you in a situation where your power can go out. Of all these elements people tend to forget one of the worst, heat.
Right now, many of us are having picnics, going to the beach or in our backyards cooking a rack of ribs that are drenched in mouthwatering barbeque sauce. Summer brings tolerable weather that allows you to do these things. Summer brings the type of weather that allows you to be active and enjoy the sunshine for at least a couple of months, but it also brings the dangers of a heat wave.
On a 105 degree humid day, many of us will find it too hot outside and will seek shelter in our air conditioned homes. The problem with that is everyone in your region has the same idea. Excessive power demands cause an overload to the grid and we are left with what most of us know as “rolling blackouts”.
Many people believe that a heat wave itself causes power outages but it’s actually the excessive use of electricity that leaves many of us with no power during the hot weather.
Okay. So you lose power in your house, now what? You might say “My family can muster through the heat; it’s just nicer to be in the AC”. However, you would be sorely mistakenly. A lot of issues arise from not having electricity during a heat wave.
The first is rapid food spoilage. Did you just make a large grocery trip recently and drop $300 on meats that you froze for the month? It doesn’t take long for the heat to seep in or the pure fact of not keeping your frozen food at a set temperature to spoil all of it.
The second is running water. Sure, plenty of us stock up before a hurricane on the staples like bottled water and bread. How many of you think the same way when the forecast is calling for a heat wave? Having running water is important for staying hydrated and sometimes you can never have enough bottled water. Your body needs it to survive and your body is sweating what you have to help keep your body cool.
The third issue and the largest of them, is heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Elderly people are at an even higher risk because excessive heat puts huge strain on your heart. Constantly being exposed to excessive heat can cause someone to faint or in worse case scenarios even die.
That’s why it’s important that you plan for the worst. Don’t put yourself or loved ones in a situation where you are taking dangerous chances and buy yourself a generator.
Generac is a leader in backup power systems and carries an extensive line of portable or standby generators. We carry Generac generators from home use from 3,250 watts to standbys that go up to 20,000 watts. We also sell Generac generators designed for use in commercial buildings so you can protect your business. To check out all of the great Generac products that will keep you out of the dark and secure, visit our Generac page.