It’s the middle of summer, which for Miami residents means that we are officially in the middle of hurricane season. In South Florida, hurricane season is a period that lasts from June to the end of November every year—with the stormiest days usually appearing in August and September, which are right around the corner.
The easiest way to prepare for storm season,and especially in the event of severe storms like hurricanes, is before they happen. Knowing
what to do in the event that the power goes out for an extended amount
of time, how to operate a generator if you have one, and what you can do
to take advantage of any alternate power sources are important things
to know as a homeowner living in South Florida.
The easiest way to prepare for storm season,and especially in the event of severe storms like hurricanes, is before they happen. Knowing what to do in the event that the power goes out for an extended amount of time, how to operate a generator if you have one, and what you can do to take advantage of any alternate power sources are important things to know as a homeowner living in South Florida.
At Miami Electric Masters, our priority is helping our customers enjoy safe and reliable electrical conditions in their homes throughout the year. Electricity is one of the first things compromised in severe weather, which is why we’re sharing some of our most helpful tips for homeowners hoping to learn how to prepare their homes for hurricane season this year.
Navigating the Power Outage and Beyond
In a perfect world, you will have no need for emergency electrical services or an emergency electrician during storm season or throughout the rest of the year. However, living in South Florida means dealing with plenty of storms that roll in from the North Atlantic.
First things first, you should always have an emergency plan that addresses any medical needs you or family might have during a severe storm. In addition to this emergency plan, make sure to stock an emergency outage kit and confirm evacuations routes just in case they become needed.
If you’re staying home, take advantage of a battery-powered radio to stay in touch with local weather reports.
Minimize Impact With an Electrical Safety Plan
As we mentioned earlier, the best way to prepare for an outage is before it occurs. Follow the tips below to minimize the impact of an outage.
- Update contact information with your electric company
- Install surge protectors if your appliances don’t already have surge protection built in.
- Plug sensitive equipment like laptops into grounded outlets separate from major appliances
What if the Power Goes Out?
Sometimes the power will go out during a storm. The tips below will help you manage the outage should it occur.
- Report the outage immediately.
- Avoid any downed power lines and report them as well.
- Turn off everything except for a lamp. This will prevent circuit overload.
- Keep the fridge and freezer closed to keep food items cold.
- Follow generator instructions to the letter.
How Long Will I Need to Wait for Power to Be Restored?
Restoring power is the primary goal of electric companies and the city government. Each company will have a plan to follow to safely restore power, as outlined below.
- Neutralize downed lines.
- Restore power based on priorities. Anything affecting traffic or transmissions will be first.
- Hospitals, police, fire department, and other community heavy areas are next.
- Highly populated neighborhoods will bea priority after the previous step.
It’s important that you remain patient while waiting for the emergency electrician to get the power restored. If you’re prepared beforehand, the impact should be minimal. As needed, feel free to contact emergency services for updates and additional information during your power outage.
Emergency Electrical Services with Miami Electric Masters
Sometimes, emergencies with your electricity happen. Lights flickering, sparks, or a downed line can all occur at any time day or night. That’s why at Miami Electrical Masters; we are ready to respond outside of business hours. When you need service that is affordable, fast, and responsive just call our team and we’ll be there promptly.
Our emergency services include taking care of problems related to:
- Electrical panels
- Circuit breakers
- Interior/exterior lighting
In addition to being emergency electricians, we also offer a range of additional services such as electrical installation, electrical wiring, safety inspections, and a full breadth of lighting products and accessories. Our goal is to make sure every customer has the electrical system and lighting necessary to be safe, functional, and in-line with their daily needs.
Need professional electrical services? Give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional electrical solutions or emergency electrical services, or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.