What to Do When the Power Goes Out in Austin‍

Power outages can throw a wrench into our daily lives, leaving us in the dark, literally. When the lights go out, it's natural to feel a bit lost, but we’re here to help. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the steps to take when facing a power outage so that you can determine whether a simple fix is needed or if it's time to call in the experts.

Power Outage Checklist

1. Check Your Breaker Box

Before anything else, head to your breaker box. A tripped circuit breaker might be the culprit. If you find a tripped breaker, reset it and see if the power comes back on. 

Unsure or uneasy about dealing with the breaker box? Contact Stan’s for professional help.

2. Neighborhood Check

Peek out the window or give a neighbor a call. Is it just your house, or are others in the area experiencing the same issue? This quick check can help you determine if the problem is localized to your home or a broader outage affecting the neighborhood.

3. Contact Your Utility Provider

If it appears to be a larger outage, contact your utility provider. They may have information on the outage and an estimated restoration time. 

4. Emergency Kit Ready?

Have a flashlight handy? What about extra batteries or a portable phone charger? Prepare a small emergency kit to make navigating a power outage more manageable. There is no peace of mind like being prepared.

5. Appliance Check

Unplug major appliances like refrigerators, computers, and TVs to prevent damage from power surges when the electricity is restored. Once the power is back, wait a few minutes before plugging major appliances back in.

6. Generator Consideration

Pro tip: If you experience frequent outages or live outside the city limits, a home generator might be a good investment. Generators act as a backup power source, supplying electricity to lights, refrigerators, heating and cooling systems, and other necessary appliances. Use your generator responsibly by following safety precautions and manufacturer instructions to effectively manage power outages and ensure a reliable source of electricity during emergencies. 

7. Stay Informed

Keep an eye on local news or your utility provider's website for updates on the outage. They may provide information on the progress of restoration efforts and any safety precautions to take.

When to Call A Professional

If you've tried the above steps and the power is still out, or if you notice any unusual smells, sparks, or damage, it's time to call a professional. Electrical issues can be complex, and attempting to fix them without expertise can lead to safety hazards that can jeopardize your health and home.

Contact a professional electrical service like Stan’s who can safely restore the power to your home. 

Power Out in Austin? Call Stan’s

If you ever find yourself in the dark and need assistance, Stan's is here to help. Our experienced electricians can tackle any electrical issue and ensure your home is safe and functional. Contact us today to schedule your power restoration services.

Want to protect your home from future outages? Ask about our whole home surge protector and generator installations. We'll help keep your home and appliances protected from any storm that comes your way!

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