Do You Have a Generator Winter Readiness Plan?
Having a whole house propane generator is a great way to face severe winter weather events, when freezing and other power failure related problems can have catastrophic consequences for your home and family.
But only if it operates when you need it most.
To make sure it does, it pays to have a Generator Readiness Plan that includes three components:
- Pre-season and pre-event preparation
- During severe winter weather
- Post- winter event record keeping and maintenance
1. Pre-season and pre-event preparation
- Study – Review your generator’s operating instructions.
- Inspect and maintain your system – Your standby generator should be ready to go at a moment’s notice coming into the winter season. Invest in a professional inspection and repairs before you need to rely on it for winter use.
- Operate your system – Run your standby generator immediately before a severe winter weather event to make sure everything is in working order and that you have enough gas to last as long as you need.
- Develop a “Plan B” – Know what you will do if your generator does not start.
2. During severe winter weather
- Keep access clear – Keep a pathway open to your generator in case it has any operating problems.
- Monitor and document generator operation – Keep an eye on how your generator is working, and a record of when and for how long it runs. Document any problems that occur or repairs that have to be made.
3. Post-winter event record keeping and maintenance
- Review your Readiness Plan – After the storm, and again when winter ends, review what worked and what didn’t work with your Plan, making changes as needed.
- Maintain your system – Be ready for the summer weather before it arrives with its own challenges.
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