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Storm-Related Power Outages Are Common--and Can Be Very Costly

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SEVERE-STORM SEASON IS HERE.  AND, THE "FEDERAL EMERGENCY-MANAGEMENT AGENCY'S" "READY CAMPAIGN" URGES FAMILIES TO PREPARE, IN ADVANCE OF STORM-RELATED EMERGENCIES THAT CAN INCLUDE POWER-OUTAGES AT HOME.  THAT'S BECAUSE RECENT STUDIES SHOW THAT POWER-OUTAGES ARE MORE COMMON--AND CAN BE MORE COSTLY--THAN YOU MAY THINK.  ACCORDING TO "BRIGGS AND STRATTON", ON AVERAGE, A FAMILY WILL LOSE POWER FIVE TIMES A YEAR.  AND, POWER-OUTAGES LASTING LONGER THAN 12 HOURS CAN COST FAMILIES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.  THESE COSTS CAN INCLUDE SPOILED FOOD, BASEMENT-FLOODING DAMAGE AND REPAIRS, APPLIANCE-REPAIRS, AND EVEN EXTENDED HOTEL-STAYS.  SO, HOW CAN FAMILIES BE WELL-PREPARED?  FIRST, THEY SHOULD MAKE AN EMERGENCY-PREPAREDNESS KIT, AND A FAMILY-COMMUNICATIONS PLAN.  THEN, THEY SHOULD THINK ABOUT BACKUP-POWER:  GASOLINE-POWERED, PORTABLE GENERATORS ARE CAPABLE OF POWERING ESSENTIAL HOME-APPLIANCES--WHILE A PERMANENT STANDBY-GENERATOR IS ANOTHER GOOD OPTION.  IT CAN BE PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED, SO THAT IT AUTOMATICALLY TURNS ON, WHEN AN OUTAGE OCCURS.  AND, SMARTER TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING STANDBY-GENERATORS MORE AFFORDABLE THAN EVER.  FOR MORE ON PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM POWER-OUTAGES, GO TO "BRIGGS-AND-STRATTON"-DOT-COM.


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