Southern Trust Home Services promotes electrical safety

Southern Trust Home Services promotes electrical safety

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With the severe season underway, there are ways you can protect your home and property from power surges and potential damage.

“Virginia has about seven tornadoes and 40 days of thunderstorm activity a year, and Roanoke is particularly vulnerable to late afternoon thunderstorms,” said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. “This means that your family could experience anything from major power surges to power outages than can last for hours, if not days. This can cause damage to your home`s electrical equipment or cut the power to any healthcare devices like breathing machines or home dialysis equipment.”

Puzio has some tips to help homeowners prevent damage:

  • Distribute electronic equipment and appliances evenly by using separate outlets by spacing larger appliances and electronic equipment on separate outlets with dedicated outlet surge protectors.
  • Unplugging non-essential items during a storm can help protect appliances and smaller electric items from a power surge when the power does turn back on.
  • Consider a whole home generator because they turn on automatically and have enough power to keep refrigerators running to keep food from spoiling.
  • Consider a whole home surge protector that connects with the circuit panel, which will act like a barrier between the home’s electrical system and the power grid.
  • If you have a home that is more than 40 years old, you should consider having the home’s wiring inspected.

“It may be expensive to consider a generator or new wiring, but the alternative is to replace expensive equipment that could add up to more,” Puzio said. “And, if you have a loved one who relies on life-saving devices, being without power or losing their equipment due to a power surge could result in your having to rush them to the hospital to continue their care until the power comes back on or the equipment is replaced. We simply want Virginians to be protected during this volatile season.”