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Why Your Home Needs a Backup Generator

Updated on May 7, 2016

Let’s start with a quick scenario to put you in the right mindset. You live in Michigan and are expecting a big winter storm. Blizzard conditions, high winds, freezing temperatures. There is no chance you will be leaving the house any time during this storm. You get prepared like everyone else: head to the store, try to grab whatever canned items, batteries, flashlights, and water jugs haven’t been taken (if you’re lucky). The storm comes and you did everything you could to be prepared, but then the power goes out. You forgot that your mother-in-law who is staying with you needs to use a special medical device that has to be plugged in to work. You panic and run to the neighbors (despite the freezing snow) and find that one neighbor down the street has a generator running, but they are too far away and your mother-in-law is in no condition to go out in that kind of weather.


Now, this is a fictional story, but it illustrates when a backup generator can come in handy. “I can survive without electricity for a few days,” you say to yourself. And that’s true, I’m sure you can. But what happens when the power goes out for more than a few days? It may never happen, but don’t you want to be prepared in case it does? This is why people buy health, flood, life, and other types of insurance. We want to protect ourselves from things we can’t see coming.


A backup generator is just that: insurance for your home. When another storm approaches, won’t you feel safe and relieved knowing that your family is taken care of in case of a power outage?


If you do plan to buy a backup generator, it’s a good idea to test it out first. You don’t want to be troubleshooting on the day when you need it to work. Hook everything up and give it a full test run to ensure everything is working smoothly. When you know a storm is coming, be sure to test before the storm gets there to make sure everything is ready in case you need it. Never run your generator indoors. You must have adequate ventilation to ensure nobody suffers from carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, never plug your generator into your home’s outlet. This can cause a dangerous electrical hazard.


For information on how to pick the right generator, here’s a great article from Popular Mechanics. And when you’re ready to buy, give Blue Ray Mechanical a call at 248-399-4500.


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