Be prepared and keep safety in mind, says the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It’s important to have the right outdoor power equipment on hand all year round, says the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which advises home and business owners businesses to familiarize themselves with safe operating procedures and anticipate before bad weather or a power outage disrupts life.
“It’s important to be prepared all year round as any season can be stormy season. We are seeing more and more people investing in portable and whole house generators and having other outdoor power equipment such as chainsaws and water pumps to mitigate damage from downed trees and water damage and flooding,” says Kris KiserPresident and CEO of OPEI, an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility vehicles and personal transportation and golf carts.
He notes that outdoor power equipment is becoming faster, lighter, more efficient and more technologically advanced. “There is a power source for every need, including battery/electric, propane, solar and gasoline,” he says, noting that each has maintenance and maintenance requirements. different maintenance. “Always read and follow the manufacturer’s manual.”
To prepare for inclement weather, identify the necessary equipment. Chainsaws or pole saws can prune branches and shrubs before a storm and manage clearing. Trimmers, pruners, and chainsaws can also clear combustible materials around your home, making it less vulnerable to wildfires.
A portable generator will power major appliances and recharge cell phones when utilities are down. A whole-house generator can keep lights and appliances on and running. Before an outage, plan where the generator will be installed (never in a house or garage, and always away from your house and any air intakes) and determine how to secure it if necessary. Purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector as well. Get outdoor extension cords for portable generators and consider adding an approved generator cover for rainy weather.
Water pumps can help evacuate water and mud from basements and homes. Make sure you know how to operate the pump. Never pump substances for which your equipment is not designed. Be careful not to overheat and follow all safety precautions.
A utility-type vehicle can quickly transport people and supplies in an emergency. Keep the vehicle stable and drive slowly. Do not turn mid-hill or on a slope. Consider taking a safety course.
Always read the instructions provided by the manufacturers of outdoor electrical equipment and be sure to follow all of the manufacturer’s safety and usage recommendations before you need them, without waiting for an emergency. Practice using the equipment. If possible, save a digital copy of the owner’s manual to your computer, so that you can easily refer to it in the future.
Make sure you have the right fuel on hand and charge the batteries before a breakdown. Gas-powered equipment uses E10 fuel or less and most manufacturers recommend adding a fuel stabilizer. Fuel that is more than 30 days old can go out of phase and cause operational problems, so it’s important to buy fuel just before a storm. Store fuel safely and use only an approved fuel container.
One of the most important things operators can do for safety is pay attention to energy levels and health. Preparing for bad weather, a power outage and cleaning up after a storm can be overwhelming. Do not use electrical equipment when you are tired or overtired. Drink plenty of water and take regular breaks. Always use safety equipment like chaps, gloves, goggles or hearing protection.
OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transportation vehicles and golf carts . OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry and a recognized standards development organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI owns Equip Exposition, the international landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition, and administers the TurfMutt Foundation, which runs the environmental education program, TurfMutt. OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments in Canadian provinces.
Friend NeibergerFour Leaf PR on behalf of OPEI, 703-887-4877, [email protected]
Debbi Mayster, PR Four Leaf on behalf of OPEI, 240-988-6243, [email protected]
SOURCE Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)