MILWAUKEE (June 11, 2013) — Readying a home and property for the upcoming hurricane season, and the power outages that are likely to result, can be done in three simple steps: Plan, prepare and protect.
Hurricane Preparedness Week, held from May 26 to June 1 and sponsored by the National Hurricane Center, offered a good reminder for residents along the East and Gulf coasts to prepare their homes so a storm doesn’t leave them in the dark.
“While hurricanes don’t develop overnight, there is still some immediacy when it comes to preparing a home for the hurricane season,” said Dean Schwartz, VP/GM of Lawn and Garden for Sears Holdings. “For those who live in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic or along the Eastern seaboard, we suggest homeowners prepare by having tools and equipment on hand such as flashlights, batteries and portable generators. Securing these products before a storm hits is important because their availability tends to decrease as a hurricane’s path is predicted and demand spikes.”
Hurricane season officially began June 1 and runs through the end of November.
“Pre-ordering items like a portable generator, or at least calling your local store to ask if they have products in stock, is a great way to start preparing before the season starts.” Schwartz said. “To help homeowners in hurricane-prone areas prepare, we will have a Hurricane Preparedness Checklist available in each store.”
There are many ways to properly prepare a home for a hurricane, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready campaign including:
- Protect windows with storm screens and covers to help combat high winds
- Secure entryways to the home with storm doors, locks and latches
- Use chain saws, branch clippers and hedge trimmers to keep trees and shrubs well-trimmed in order to increase wind resistance
- Organize and tidy the garage with storage lockers to make room for outdoor patio items that may need to be stored during a hurricane
Some purchases made in advance of the hurricane season will assist in any cleanup efforts needed or to help ensure a family remains safe and comfortable at home in the aftermath of a hurricane. Power tools like chainsaws, hedge trimmers, and other landscaping tools available at Sears, help ensure a safer cleanup of the property outside of the home.
Installing a home generator system will prevent dealing with a prolonged power outage that is likely to follow a hurricane’s path. Home generators, also known as standby generators or backup generators, automatically keep the power on when a home’s primary power source goes out, allowing homeowners to run appliances like air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, clothes washers/dryers and lights. That means there is less of a need for things like non-perishable foods or flashlights in the event of a power outage.
For those who need an immediate solution during an outage to power a few key appliances, a portable generator may be the best solution. Like many hurricane preparedness items, portable generators can be in high demand in hurricane-prone areas as a forecasted storm nears landfall.
Portable generators require safe operation to prevent injury. Only operate portable generators outdoors, far away from windows, doors and vents to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm or plug-in carbon monoxide alarm with battery backup. Do not run portable generators inside homes, garages, basements, crawlspaces, sheds, or other partially enclosed spaces even if using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s operator manual and maintenance instructions to ensure your generator continues to provide the power you need, when you need it. For more information on how to keep your family safe when using a portable generator, please visit www.briggsandstratton.com/SafetyFirst.
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,700 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes over 890 full-line and more than 1,350 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End, among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck is the 2011 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 11 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
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 manufacturer 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.