Portable, Standby Generators Play Powerful Role in National Preparedness Month
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 3, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In the past year, homeowners across
the U.S. have experienced several weather disasters including Hurricane
Sandy, Hurricane Issac, winter storm Draco, and the devastating tornado that
rocked Moore, Okla. The recent rash of strong storms make September's National
Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
(FEMA) Ready campaign, especially noteworthy as homeowners begin thinking
about storm preparedness.
Even without a major storm event, an average of 3.5 million Americans
experience a power outage each week, according to the Edison Electric
Institute. Homeowners that have experienced a power outage, or live in an area
that experiences frequent power outages, should consider investing in backup
What is backup power?
Generators help ensure that families get through blackouts caused by
unexpected situations safely and comfortably by providing backup power during
an electricity outage. Two types of generators are available to homeowners and
understanding their differences and capabilities makes selecting the best
generator for your needs much easier.
Portable generators: The immediate backup power supply
Portable generators work well as an immediate solution and can power a few
critical items and appliances such as a refrigerator, TV and basic lights.
When the power goes out, homeowners must set up the unit by properly
positioning it outside and far away from living spaces, doors and windows
prior to connecting it to critical items.
"Portable generators provide backup power during utility outages while keeping
families comfortable," said Eric Loferski, director of marketing for Briggs &
Stratton. "It is important to note that they can be very dangerous if not
operated properly. Because portable generators are powered by small engines
that emit potentially harmful carbon monoxide gas, it is critical for both
experienced and new operators alike to understand the hazards."
The unit should be refueled with fresh gas every six to eight hours. If a
portable gas generator is not going to be used within 30 days of refueling,
the gas should be treated with a fuel stabilizer to help ensure that the unit
performs when needed.
It's also important to note that usually stores quickly run out of portable
generators in storm situations, so purchasing a portable generator before a
storm arrives is the only way to be fully prepared.
Standby generators: The long-term backup power supply
Home standby generators are the ideal solution for homeowners wanting a backup
power source that offers an uninterrupted power supply and eliminates the
scramble to find a temporary solution.
Because the standby generator and its automatic transfer switch are connected
to a home's existing natural gas or propane line, they automatically turn on
within seconds after detecting an electrical power outage—whether or not the
homeowner is present—and provide a seamless transition and supply of power.
When grid power is restored, the home standby generator automatically turns
off. With a standby generator, homeowners can rest assured that their food
won't spoil, air conditioning or heat will continue running and the sump pump
won't turn off.
"Homeowners with a standby generator installed will be the first to admit the
unit provides a peace of mind that can't be replicated without one," said
Amanda Grandy, marketing manager for Briggs & Stratton Standby Power.
"However, unlike portable generators, standby generators need to be
professionally installed. Homeowners need to allow for a few weeks of
installation time and, therefore, need to prepare before a storm is already
forecasted for their area."
Additionally, standby generator installation is more difficult when the ground
is frozen, so it's important to plan in advance of the winter months.
To avoid injury, it's important that homeowners follow key generator safety
measures. Portable and standby generators emit dangerous carbon monoxide
fumes, so they should only be used outdoors and away from open windows or
doors to avoid fumes entering the home. To guarantee that the generator
continues providing power when needed, homeowners should read and follow the
generator maintenance and manufacturer's operating instructions. Homeowners
should also install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector in their home. To
learn more, visit www.briggsandstratton.com/safetyfirst.
About Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor
power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America's number
one marketer of portable generators and pressure washers, and it is a leading
designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden and turf care through
its Simplicity^®, Snapper^®, Ferris^®, Murray^®, Branco^® and Victa^® brands.
Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced
in over 100 countries on six continents.
SOURCE Briggs & Stratton Corporation
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