If you live in a household with people with special needs, all the expensive equipment in the world won’t help them unless you can operate it. During a South Florida power outage, it’s possible that you could spend hours, days or in extreme cases, weeks without power, while the authorities work to restore infrastructure damaged by the storms we get. Here are some of the issues you could face if you find yourself in this situation.
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses in America today, with around 22 million suffering from type 1 and 2 combined. Type 1 diabetics typically require daily insulin injections, and insulin needs to be refrigerated to be fully effective. “Items that require refrigeration, like insulin, should not be relied upon for full effectiveness if they could not be maintained at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer,” says Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein. “Temperature -sensitive drugs lose potency if not refrigerated and should be replaced with a new supply as soon as possible. “ This can be a costly process if you have a supply of medication on hand and you lose power for any reason.
Other frequently-used medications that need to be refrigerated are:
- Amoxil® (amoxicillin) — suspension
- Cipro® (ciprofloxacin) — suspension
- Mycostatin® (nystatin) — pastilles
- Thyrolar® (liotrix)
- Vibramycin® (doxycycline) — suspension
- Xalatan® (latanoprost) — eye drops
- Zithromax® (azithromycin) — suspension
Click here for a full list of medicines requiring refrigeration. To protect your family from the problems associated with storing these types of medication during a power outage, install an emergency power source such as a home standby generator.
Respiratory problems such as COPD and asthma are on the rise with an estimated 20 million Americans affected by these conditions. Many of them reside in Florida, which is reported to be one of the top places to live for reduced symptoms. In households with patients suffering from these illnesses, oxygen equipment and nebulizers are common. Some people use oxygen delivered in tanks or cylinders, while others use oxygen produced at home using concentrator equipment, which requires electricity to operate. If your area experiences a power outage resulting from bad weather or infrastructure failure, your concentrator won’t work unless you have an emergency power supply. A home standby generator will enable you to maintain your oxygen supply without a hiccup, using natural gas lines that are installed in your home.
The invention of the wheelchair lift has made a huge difference to the lives of many people who have mobility constraints. Many of the homes in South Florida have more than one level, and are the only way to get around the house for someone who is wheelchair bound or otherwise unable to climb stairs. What happens when you experience a power outage and are unable to move between the different levels of your home? An emergency power supply such as a home standby generator is the only way to ensure that you aren’t incapacitated by electricity outages.
For an assessment of your power requirements and an estimate to install a generator to power your home during an outage, contact us to request a quote today.