At RC Hill Honda Powersports, we know how important it is to remain safe during a storm. Florida can certainly be a gorgeous place to live but it can also become highly dangerous during hurricane season. We strongly encourage all our customers to properly prepare when a tropical storm or hurricane is expected to hit the area. There are some key steps you can take that’ll make your experience of weathering the storm more bearable, comfortable, and safe. Some of these steps include preparing an emergency kit, having a generator available, and using certain precautions during and after the storm.
If this is your first time encountering this type of situation, you’re in the right place. We’ve gathered some very helpful information to get you prepared. If you have questions or would like to browse our selection of Honda Generators, please give us a call or stop in today! We’re conveniently located in DeLand near Deltona, Orlando, and Sanford, FL.
You’ll be thanking yourself once the storm hits for having prepared an emergency kit in advance. This will ensure that you and your family will remain both safe and healthy when a storm hits. Some of the items you should consider including in your emergency kit are a first-aid kit, battery-powered items like flashlights and a weather radio, a wrench and pliers for turning off utilities, a cell phone with a portable charger, fresh gas for your vehicle and your Honda generator that’s kept in a cool and well-ventilated location, cash, any important documents, games for entertainment, and water. You should have one gallon of water available per day per person, which includes for drinking and sanitation uses.
When you choose to weather the storm rather than evacuate, you’ll need to remember some important tips. First, you need to be ready to protect your power source. As a matter of fact, FEMA considers a backup generator an essential part of an emergency preparedness kit. For portable generators, you’ll need to take them out of storage and top off the fuel so you can ensure it’s running properly before the storm hits. Always be sure you have enough fuel on reserve so that you’ll be able to use your generator for several days if needed. As for home standby generators, you’ll need to be sure they’re up to date with their maintenance kits.
You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your Honda generator is standing by to power your items in the event of an outage due to the storm. You can now focus on other important precautions. Everyone should remain indoors while the storm is active in your area. The best place to be is an interior room without windows or doors. Even when boarded, extremely harsh winds are powerful enough to send objects hurling into doors and windows.
It’s easy to think you’re in the clear once the storm has passed but there is still danger lurking all around you. Remember that you should only use your Honda generator when outdoors to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Once your power has returned, you’ll need to go through your fridge and determine what’s safe to eat and what’s not. As a general rule, if any food has been exposed to temperature over 40 degrees for more than two hours, you should toss it. Take the time to assess any damage that might have occurred and take pictures of it all. You should wear protective boots and clothing when you’re checking for damage to avoid injuries from debris and other dangerous objects. You should contact your insurance company for any major damage as soon as you have the chance. Don’t forget to check on your neighbors and make sure that everyone is safe. When it’s deemed safe enough to do so, you can start plugging back in the appliances and electronics to confirm they’re working correctly.
For all of your storm preparation need, visit RC Hill Honda Powersports near Deltona, Orlando, and Sanford, FL. We carry a wide variety of Honda generators and would be happy to help you find that one that’s right for your needs.
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