Unplanned power outages or brownouts are most likely to happen in the Philippines especially at times when typhoon hits our country. And because of this, a lot of unwanted damages may happen to your home, including your appliances, gadgets and even your family. Rain and thunderstorms sometimes make brownouts unavoidable. To minimize inconvenience, discomfort and danger, prepare ahead for the possibility of severe weather.
Here are some tips on what you should do:
- Create an emergency kit with a battery-powered radio, battery-powered clock, flashlights, candles, extra batteries, matches, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher if possible, bottled water and non-perishable food. Remember that flashlights are safer to use than candles.
- Use Voltage Protectors to safeguard your important electrical devices and appliances.
- Avoid opening your refrigerator or freezer during a power outage. It is safe to have Automatic Voltage Regulators (AVRs) associated with your equipment as power outages and continuations are unexpected.
- If someone in your family needs electronic medical equipment make sure you have an alternative power supply before the typhoon hits. Generator plus a Transfer Switch are very useful and convenient especially at times like these. If you don’t have yet, make sure to acquire one, particularly Contactor-type Transfer Switch (CTS) as soon as possible for future preparation.
- Unplug appliances with sophisticated electronics such as DVD and Blu Ray players, televisions, computers and microwave ovens so they aren’t damaged by a surge when the power comes back.
- Leave one light on so you’ll know when power is restored, and then gradually reconnect your remaining appliances to avoid overloading the circuits.
- After the typhoon, replace used batteries in your emergency kit and re-stock food and water to be prepared for the next typhoon.
Meiji Electric carries an efficient and effective line of Voltage Protectors like the general use TC-V001, or the one that has eight programmable timer options TC-V002, and the aircon to fan timer TC-V003. Also, the company has a complete line of Servo-type AVRs with wattage ratings from 500 to 10,000 watts. And for the Transfer Switch, Meiji Electric offers you Manual Transfer Switches (MTS) from 1 ampere up to 63 amperes, and the innovative Contactor-type Transfer Switch (CTS) starting from as low as 100 up to 1200 ampere ratings. All of these devices are reliable, of high quality and will definitely provide safety and convenience to your home.
Following the above-mentioned tips will make it easier to cope with power outages or brownouts during typhoons. Always be reminded to acquire protective devices only from a trusted supplier. Think ahead and be prepared for an emergency by having a plan for your home. At the end of the day, you wouldn’t want to risk the lives of the ones you treasured the most.