Milwaukee, WI (May 1, 2015) – Spring storms are often accompanied by hail, high winds, heavy rain and lightning that cause flash flooding, wind damage, downed trees and utility lines and widespread power outages affecting homeowners’ peace of mind and their pocketbooks. Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG) recommends homeowners take the time to prepare for power outages by establishing an emergency preparedness plan for your family that includes backup power preparedness.
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“Spring storms often motivate homeowners to start thinking about how to keep the power on and avoid the costs and inconvenience associated with power outages,” according to Dan Roche with Briggs & Stratton. “Portable generators provide an immediate solution during an emergency power outage and can power a wide range of essential items such as refrigerators, sump pumps and lights.”
For new homeowners, spring is a great season to consider a portable generator that will best suit their family’s backup power demands. Briggs & Stratton designed the Storm Responder™ Portable Generator specifically for emergency power outages. The Storm Responder is equipped with StatStation™ Digital Display, a control panel that provides everything owners need to know, including the amount of power being used, total lifetime hours of the generator and maintenance reminders. A perfect unit for first-time buyers, the Storm Responder features step-by-step start-up, shutdown and storage instructions, as well as a safety guide printed directly on the unit.
For those that already have a portable generator, spring is a good time to make sure your generator is ready to perform when the need – or storm – arrives. Here are a few tips to prepare portable generators for use during spring storm season:
- Read and follow instructions according to the operator’s manual before starting a generator. Perform and follow factory-recommended maintenance and safety instructions.
- Safety is key when operating a portable generator and carbon monoxide poisoning is a deadly reality. Instructions to properly locate a generator before use should be taken seriously.
- Run real-world tests for starting and running the generator so you know exactly what steps to take in an emergency and where to place your generator during use (outside far from windows, doors and vents and direct the engine exhaust away from occupied spaces).
- Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector inside your home or dwelling according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Purchase heavy-duty extension cords specifically designed for outdoor work to connect appliances to your generator. Make sure the wattage rating for each cord exceeds the total wattage of all appliances connected to it. Check that the entire cord is free of cuts or tears, that the plug has all three prongs and that the cord is long enough to allow the generator to be placed outdoors and away from any openings into occupied buildings.
- During a storm you may need to replace certain items to keep your portable generator running properly. It’s best to stock up on items you may need to replace during a storm, including: extra oil, filters, fuel, gas cans, extension cords and plugs.
To learn more about Briggs & Stratton portable generators, visit briggsandstratton.com. For additional tips on the safe use of portable generators, visit the Portable Generator Manufacturers Association at pgmaonline.com.
Contact: Patty Lavelle
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, 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, turf care and job site products through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris®, Murray®, Allmand™, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.briggsandstratton.com and www.basco.com.