KOHLER, Wis., Oct. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With winter quickly approaching, this is the perfect time to prepare for the season's icy blast. The 2017 Farmer's Almanac warns that "winter is back" in most areas of the country with exceptionally cold temperatures and active storm tracks throughout February. With such drastic weather changes upon us, arranging backup power should be an essential component of winter preparations, as it keeps critical home systems up and running in the event of power loss.
"Many people overlook the importance of backup power in emergency situations and fail to plan or prepare for a power outage," says Ed Del Grande, a home improvement TV host, author and syndicated columnist. "For those with small children, elderly relatives or family members with disabilities, backup power is especially crucial. Without power, you lose access to clean water, communication, fuel and often medical equipment, making the living environment not only uncomfortable but potentially dangerous."
The best thing homeowners can do to protect their families during a power outage is install a standby generator, which turns on automatically when the power shuts off. Similar to a central air conditioning unit, a standby generator is permanently installed outside the home, and runs on natural gas or propane through existing fuel lines in the house, which means there's no refueling.
Depending on the size of the unit, an automatic standby generator, like those from Kohler, can power all the major systems and appliances in a home, such as lights, furnace, refrigerator, computers, home security systems and medical equipment. And since it delivers high-quality power, there's no worry about it ever harming electronics.
Severe weather is the single leading cause of power outages in the United States. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your own home and family. Leading generator manufacturers like Kohler offer a variety of automatic standby generator models, as well as portable and industrial options depending on your needs. To learn more about backup power options, sizing and costs, visit www.kohlergenerators.com. For information about emergency planning and more, visit www.ready.gov or flash.org.
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