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Snow Could Make Midwest Headlines This Winter

By Generac PR Staff October 25, 2018

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Early preparation key to be safe and storm-ready for winter power outages

Though still a month or more away from winter, snow has already begun its assault in the Rockies and the western plains of the Midwest. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting above average temperatures for most of the nation this winter. However, long-term forecasting patterns indicate snow and melts across the northern United States. Planning is key for homeowners to prepare their homes and families for the long winter ahead.

“Weather is the number one reason for power outages in the U.S.,” said Mark McGinnis, meteorological consultant. “Just half an inch of ice on tree branches or power lines can be enough to snap the branch and bring down a power line.”

Last winter made headlines for its heavy snowfall. Winter Storm Xanto dumped a record-setting amount of snow on the Twin Cities in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, while Green Bay, Wis., saw their second-highest snowfall from a single storm with 24.5 inches. Winter Storm Wilbur left more than six inches of snow from Montana to Michigan.

“When utility power fails in winter, it creates hazardous conditions for a family,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, CEO, Generac. “Proper preparation can keep you and your family safe no matter how long it takes to turn the power back on.”

Generac Power Systems is making it easier to prepare for a disruption in electricity due to winter storms with a list of tips to help homeowners stay safe and storm-ready.

  • Trim long or dead tree branches to reduce the risk of power outages and home damage. Long tree branches often snap under the weight of heavy snow and ice.
  • Make an emergency winter power outage kit. Have the kit easily accessible on the ground level of the home or business, with any needs the family and any pets should have. In addition to food and water, this kit should include a flashlight, first aid kit, battery-powered radio, a whistle to signal for help and an assortment of hand tools. If someone in the home is dependent on electricity for life-sustaining medical equipment, review the plan to access backup power or make arrangements to relocate when storm warnings are issued.
  • Have a backup power plan. When power goes out in winter, this opens up your home to freezing temperatures, which can damage pipes and cause hazardous living conditions for your family. Use a sizing calculator when shopping for a portable generator. If you already have a portable generator, run it now to ensure it will work in an emergency, and perform any scheduled maintenance. For home standby power, you should schedule an in-home consultation with a professional to ensure you get your generator installed before an emergency.
  • Keep track of outages in your area. Use Generac’s Power Outage Central to stay up to date on the affected areas in your own or your loved ones’ communities. This new tool is part of Generac’s storm preparation resources to help people manage for the day and plan for the future.

Generac Power Systems offers the broadest range of home backup generators that turn on automatically when utility power goes out, ensuring life goes on as usual despite dangerous power outages. If you use a portable generator as part of your backup power plan, it’s important to use it safely. Never operate a portable generator inside the home, garage or other enclosed space. Portable generators must be stationed outside, a safe distance away from windows or doors while in operation. For more information and winter weather-related safety tips, visit generac.com/be-prepared.

About Generac
Generac Power Systems, Inc. (NYSE: GNRC) is a leading global supplier of backup power and prime power products, systems and engine-powered tools. In 1959, our founder was committed to designing, engineering and manufacturing the first affordable backup generator. Fifty-nine years later, the same dedication to innovation, durability and excellence has resulted in the company’s ability to expand its industry-leading product portfolio into homes and small businesses, on job sites, and in industrial and mobile applications across the globe. Generac offers single engine backup and prime power systems up to 2 MW and paralleled solutions up to 100 MW, and uses a variety of fuel sources to support power needs for our customers. We are proud to be named, in back-to-back years, the Frost & Sullivan 2014 and 2015 North American Natural Gas Generator Set Company of the Year. Generac also hosts Power Outage Central, the definitive source of U.S. power outage data, at Generac.com/poweroutagecentral. For more information about Generac and its products and services, visit Generac.com.

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