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Reminder: test your backup power generators

It’s well and good to have an emergency backup power generator on standby, but do you know if your generator is working? There are about 12 million backup power generators today in the US. And yet, many fail due to lack of maintenance.

Sadly, a recent example is the failure of backup generators of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, when the main power was knocked out due to Hurricane Sandy.

Our recommendation is to test your backup generator at least twice a year. Schedule the test at the same time you’re checking and changing batteries for your flashlights and smoke / fire detectors.

If you don’t have a generator, then it’s a good idea to get one. The Briggs and Stratton backup generator is gas-powered and can generate 1,600 Watts continuous power, with two 120 volt 20 amp AC outlets and one 12 volt DC outlet.

You can get it from Amazon from around US$800.

[ via BoingBoing ]

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