Generators prepped as winter storms approach

With snow and ice in the forecast, Connecticut residents were scrambling to make sure they are prepared for any power outages.

News 12 Staff

Jan 17, 2019, 8:56 PM

Updated 1,985 days ago

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With snow and ice in the forecast, Connecticut residents were scrambling to make sure they are prepared for any power outages.
Technicians say it's a busy time of year for them, as customers request repairs and service calls to make sure their power solutions are ready to go.
Employees at Cannondale Generators in Wilton say generators are like any engine, in that they need to be serviced regularly with oil and filter changes, battery checks and general diagnostics.
Owner Paul Bonomo says smaller, portable generators should also be turned on at least once a season to make sure everything is running smoothly.
"Wheeling it out after a year, it will most likely, like a car, not work for you," says Bonomo. "So the best thing to do is to plan ahead, try to run it yourself on a regular basis, make sure that everyone in the family is familiar with how to utilize it, just in case."
Bonomo also says those using portable gas generators need to run them safely by keeping them outside the house, away from doors and windows and with carbon monoxide detectors present.


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