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Food Safety When the Power Goes Out

When the power goes out, inconvenience is just beginning for homeowners who need light, air-conditioning, television, and other appliances to keep their household running. Especially critical is keeping refrigerated and frozen food at the right temperature to ensure safe eating. So in the event of a hurricane, or other natural disasters that result in wide-spread long-term power outages, how long will your food stay safe?

Perishables – meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products – need to be refrigerated at or below 40 degrees F and frozen food at or below zero degrees F. In the case of a power outage, food can be safely cold for about four hours if the refrigerator remains unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.

But as is often the case, when disaster strikes, getting the power back on can be a days-long, or even weeks-long process, so the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service has a long list of what needs to be discarded if your refrigerator has been without power for more than 4 hours.

These include: raw, cooked, or leftover meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and egg substitutes; luncheon meat and hot dogs; casseroles, soups, stews, and pizza; mixed salads (i.e., chicken, tuna, macaroni, potato); gravy and stuffing; milk, cream, yogurt, sour cream, and soft cheeses; cut fruits and vegetables (fresh); cooked vegetables; fruit and vegetable juices (opened); creamy-based salad dressings; batters and doughs (i.e., pancake batter, cookie dough); custard, chiffon, or cheese pies; cream-filled pastries; and garlic stored in oil.

The average household budget would take quite a hit to replace the above. While coolers, a supply of ice, or dry ice help when you have time to prepare, and may help to extend the safe life cycle of your foods, it makes more sense to be always ready with a portable generator.

“It’s important for homeowners to be aware of the importance of emergency planning before a weather emergency. Having a portable electrical generator on hand when it will be needed most is a big part of such a plan,” said Dorrance Noonan, CEO of A-iPower, a manufacturer of portable power equipment. “Generators can keep the lights on, food cold, pump water, and run essentials such as cell phones, televisions, and laptops.”

**How Much Is At Stake?

Do you know how much you have invested in the contents of you refrigerator and freezer? According to a 2014 insurance study of policy claims when failures occurred, they found the average value of contents can be $400-$500 on average. One event can justify the cost of a generator!

**Tips for choosing a generator

When choosing a portable generator, A-iPower recommends homeowners look for these features:

Enough Power: Choose a generator with enough wattage output to power the appliances you’ll need in an emergency. Take into account both continuous running watts and surge wattage ratings when determining the correct generator to buy.

The more watts your generator has, the more items you can power at the same time. To know how much you will need, calculate all the wattage requirements of all the items you may need to operate in case of an emergency. Typically, wattage is listed on the device, on the back or on the bottom. If not, a simple formula for determining watts is multiplying volts x amps. The total will tell you the model of generator you need.

Many websites offer assistance when assessing power needs. One such site is found here: http://www.a-ipower.com/find-your-power/.

A standard refrigerator and freezer unit requires anywhere from 1500 to 2300 starting watts and 500-750 running watts depending on size and capacity.

One thing to remember is that some devices have starting wattage requirements that are larger than running watts, like the air-conditioner, which is the biggest power user. So to calculate the minimum number of watts you need, use the starting watts of the air conditioner plus the running watts for all other devices. This is the minimum wattage you will need from a generator.

For example, let’s say you have a generator with 4,500 starting watts and 3,500 running watts. A 10,000 btu central air conditioner will take about 3,000 (depending on model) starting watts. After it has powered up, it will run at about 1,500 watts. That leaves you 2,000 watts to power other items. So, if you plan to run more items that will exceed 2,000 watts, you will need a larger generator. It’s a good idea to give yourself some wiggle room on the total watts needed and go for a model the next size up.

Run times: Check to see how long the run times are on a full tank of gas. The generator run time is found on the generator spec sheet and owner’s manual. Run time is determined at 50% load levels and the power used directly impacts the run time. The more power used, the shorter the run time and the sooner you will have to refuel.

Sufficient electrical outlets: A portable generator should have enough receptacles for the devices a homeowner wants to run. Models that include a multi-outlet cord offer greater convenience.

A-iPower portable generators, which come in 10 different models, are specifically designed to provide easy-to-use backup power in an emergency. They can run through the night on a full tank of gas and, depending on the model, can power multiple appliances at the same time. The line includes models that meet California CARB standards and are approved for sale in California.

For more information on A-iPower portable generators, visit www.a-ipower.com.

For more information on Food Safety visit:

Food Safety.gov (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services), foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, www.fsis.usda.gov

USDA: “Keep Your Food Safe During Emergencies,” http://bit.ly/219PkBe

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BE PREPARED FOR APPROACHING HURRICANE SEASON: Tips for Choosing a Generator

The active hurricane season begins June 1 and FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advise preparedness plans are essential to avoid being left in the dark should a hurricane or other natural disaster strike.

Essential to disaster preparedness is a generator to power a house, small business, farm or ranch. Generators come in a variety of starting watts and running watts, so what should you consider when you need a solution to not only keep food cold and well or sump pumps running, but also keeping the home cool enough in hot-weather conditions. Air conditioning needs are critical for the very young, the elderly, and the sick.

A-iPower, a manufacturer of portable generators, offers these tips for homeowners choosing a generator.

**Enough Power: Choose a generator with enough wattage output to power the appliances you’ll need in an emergency. Take into account both continuous running watts and surge wattage ratings when determining the correct generator to buy.

The more watts your generator has, the more items you can power at the same time. To know how much you will need, calculate all the wattage requirements of all the items you may need to operate in case of an emergency. Typically, wattage is listed on the device, on the back or on the bottom. If not, a simple formula for determining watts is multiplying volts x amps. The total will tell you the model of generator you need.

Many websites offer assistance when assessing power needs. One such site is found here: http://www.a-ipower.com/find-your-power/.

One thing to remember is that some devices have starting wattage requirements that are larger than running watts, like the air-conditioner, which is the biggest power user. So to calculate the minimum number of watts you need, use the starting watts of the air conditioner plus the running watts for all other devices. This is the minimum wattage you will need from a generator.

For example, let’s say you have a generator with 4,500 starting watts and 3,500 running watts. A 10,000 btu central air conditioner will take about 3,000 (depending on model) starting watts. After it has powered up, it will run at about 1,500 watts. That leaves you 2,000 watts to power other items. So, if you plan to run more items that will exceed 2,000 watts, you will need a larger generator. It’s a good idea to give yourself some wiggle room on the total watts needed and go for a model the next size up.

**Run times: Check to see how long the run times are on a full tank of gas. The generator run time is found on the generator spec sheet and owner’s manual. Run time is determined at 50% load levels and the power used directly impacts the run time. The more power used, the shorter the run time and the sooner you will have to refuel.

**Sufficient electrical outlets: A portable generator should have enough receptacles for the devices a homeowner wants to run. Models that include a multi-outlet cord offer greater convenience.

***Always Be Safe
When using your generator, take time to observe the following important safety rules.

• Always read and follow the manufacturer’s operating manual and instructions before running a generator.
• NEVER run a generator inside the house or a garage. Running engines give off carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal. Keep the generator away from open windows, vents, and doors.
• Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “backfeeding.” This is an extremely dangerous practice that presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It also bypasses some of the built-in household protection devices. Either plug appliances directly into the generator with power cords that are in good condition or have an electrician install a certified transfer switch.
• Be careful when refueling the portable generator. Shut it down and allow it to cool down between fills.
• Do not operate the generator near combustible materials.
• Don’t get the generator wet or you risk the possibility of electrocution. Running it in your garage is not safe either because the carbon monoxide fumes can seep into your house. There are products on the market that provides a tent-like cover on the machine, allowing you to safely run it and refuel it during wet weather.

For more product information and where to buy, consumers can visit www.a-ipower.com
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Water Transfer Pumps: A Handy Tool for Homeowners

If it’s springtime, it’s time for heavy rains that can cause basement flooding, particularly if your grading is not sloped away from the house, or if you have cracks in your foundation. While those flooding hazards can be repaired, there is always the chance that a 100-year rain will penetrate your basement no matter what. This is where a water transfer pump will come in handy.

Water transfer pumps are available in a variety of sizes, but their function is the same – to move water from one location to another via an inlet valve and a discharge valve.

“While indispensible if your basement floods, water transfer pumps have other uses,” said Dorrance Noonan, CEO of A-iPower, a manufacturer of water pumps, generators, pressure washers, and gasoline engines. “They are handy for light aquarium applications, garden ponds, swimming pool covers, hot tubs, boating, and almost any other task that requires movement of water.”

Choosing a Water Pump

No matter the brand, all pumps have three measurements.

• Discharge capacity (gallons per minute) – the greater the flow, the faster the water will be moved.
• Maximum head lift (the total point from the water source to the pump) – the greater the head, the higher you can pump the water.
• Vertical suction lift – the vertical distance that a pump may be placed above the water level and be able to draw water.

For most lightweight residential needs, a discharge capacity of 130 gpm, a head lift of 98 feet, and a vertical lift of 23 feet are sufficient. (Numbers are approximate.)

To ensure your pump is durable and long-lasting, check for these design/engineering features.

• Fully enclosed heavy-duty frame
• Silicon carbide mechanical seals
• Cast Iron cylinder sleeve
• Cast iron volute and impeller
• Low-oil shutdown
• Dual element air filter

Operating the Water Transfer Pump

Place the pump on a level surface free from any obstructions or potential hazards. The pump should be placed close to the water level to ensure maximum pump performance. Note: Transfer pumps are NOT submersible and should not be place in water.

Use hoses that are no longer than necessary. That will enable the pump to produce the greatest output with the least self-priming time. The discharge hose should be short and large diameter because that will reduce fluid friction and improve pump output. A long or small-diameter hose will increase fluid friction and reduce pump output.

Safety

Water transfer pumps are gasoline powered and therefore, like generators, have to be run outside the home, building, or enclosure, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

To prevent fire hazards, keep the pump at least five feet away from building walls and other equipment during operation. Do not place flammable objects close to the engine.

Water transfer pumps should not be used for pumping gasoline and fuel oil mixtures, detergents, acids, chemicals, beverages, pesticides, fertilizers or any other flammable liquid or corrosive.

If the water contains hard or soft solids, such as mud, leaves, small twigs, sand, and sludge, use a trash water pump.

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Portable Generator or Inverter - What's the Difference?

You have a need for portable power, but you don’t know whether to choose an inverter generator or a portable generator, or what the difference is between the two. A simple explanation comes from A-iPower, a manufacturer of inverters, generators, pressure washers, water pumps, and gasoline engines.

Portable generators use a combustion engine, which must turn at 3,600 rpm to generate electrical output, typically of 120/240 volts at 60hz frequency. The engine runs at a constant speed, regardless of electrical load.

Portable generators allow you to run essential appliances when the electricity fails. Portable generators aren’t just for power outages, they provide a means of power for DIY projects, hobbies, power tools, and outdoor events where you may need additional electricity. Although portable generators offer the greatest output and extended run times, they are heavier to transport, and also use more fuel.

While portable generators serve many purposes, inverters with their light weight, and low noise levels, are ideally suited for camping, RV, marine, tailgating, and other uses in the outdoor recreation market.

* The Advantage of Inverter Technology *

“Inverter generators combine a gas powered generator with an electronic inverter board, which provides benefits of variable speed and cleaner power,” explains Dorrance Noonan, CEO of A-iPower. “Variable speed allows the generator to vary the engine speed based on the power output the user needs, so if you are only running a TV and light, your inverter generator will be running quieter, using less fuel, and extending the life of the generator.”

Inverter technology also provides a sine wave equal to the power delivered by a utility. The electric current is consistent and stable, allowing the consumer to power more sensitive electronics such as laptops or tablets and HDTVs without voltage fluctuation.

Inverters can work in case of a power outage at home, but they won’t be able to power multiple appliances at once, for example a refrigerator and an air conditioner. An inverter with 2,000 watts can individually power a security system, laptop, dishwasher, furnace fan, kitchen appliance, television, or sump pump.

Noonan advises that when choosing an inverter, look for one that has enough receptacles for all the items you plan to run. Inverters that have USB adapters will allow you to charge a battery or cellphone. A-iPower inverters also come equipped with a built-in parallel kit, allowing two generators to connect for nearly double the power. Currently, only two inverters can be paralleled but future technology may allow for multiple parallels.

* Be Safe When Using Your Generator *

Always read and follow the manufacturer’s operating manual and instructions before running a generator.

• NEVER run a generator inside the house or a garage. Running engines give off carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal. Keep the generator away from open windows, vents, and doors.
• Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “backfeeding.” This is an extremely dangerous practice that presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It also bypasses some of the built-in household protection devices. Either plug appliances directly into the generator with power cords that are in good condition or have an electrician install a certified transfer switch.
• Be careful when refueling the portable generator. Shut it down and allow it to cool down between fills.
• Do not operate the generator near combustible materials.
• Don’t get the generator wet or you risk the possibility of electrocution. Running it in your garage is not safe either because the carbon monoxide fumes can seep into your house. There are products on the market that provides a tent-like cover on the machine, allowing you to safely run it and refuel it during wet weather.

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Portable Generators Key in Preparing for Winter Power Outages

’Tis the season for winter storms, high winds, heavy snow, and freezing rain. Already in the last two months of 2016, thousands were left without power from California to the Midwest to New England as a result of weather events. How long power failures last depends; you may be without power for a few hours, a few days or longer.

“Weather can’t be controlled but homeowners and businesses need to be aware of the importance of emergency planning before a weather emergency. A family communications plan, a preparedness kit and a portable electrical generator on hand when it will be needed most is a big part of such a plan,” said Dorrance Noonan, CEO of A-iPower, a manufacturer of portable power equipment. “Generators can keep the lights on, food cold, pump water, and run essentials such as cell phones, televisions, laptops, sump pumps and well pumps.”

Portable generators come in many models with power levels to fit a variety of applications. Noonan advises when choosing a portable generator, homeowners should look for these features:

**Enough power. Choose a generator with enough wattage output to power the appliances you’ll need in an emergency. Look for continuous running watts rather than surge wattage ratings.

**Sufficient electrical outlets. A portable generator should have enough receptacles for the devices a homeowner wants to run. Models that include a multi-outlet cord offer greater convenience.

**Run time. Look for a generator that will run through the night on a single tank of gasoline for greater convenience.

**Portability. Choose a generator equipped with wheels and handles

Generator Safety

When the power goes out, a homeowner’s first thoughts are to get the lights back on as soon as possible. As with any connection to a voltage supply source, caution is urged. Noonan advised that when using a portable generator; observe the following important safety rules:

If you have recently purchased a generator or it’s been a while since you’ve used one, reacquaint yourself with generators features and operating instructions.

NEVER run a generator inside the house or a garage. Running engines give off carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal. Think of a portable generator like your car, and run it in a well-ventilated area, not a closed space where fumes can accumulate.

Install and test battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms and learn to recognize symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness and fainting. If you experience any of the above, immediately get outdoors and call 911 for emergency medical attention.

Never back-feed your home’s electrical wiring system by using a cord with two plugs. This can be dangerous to you and your neighbors and deadly to a lineman. Either plug appliances directly into the generator with power cords that are in good condition or have an electrician install a certified transfer switch.

Be careful when refueling the portable generator. It is best to allow it to cool down between fills.

Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit Ready

Although a portable generator can keep your home running during an emergency, there are other things need to be considered when severe weather strikes.

Government emergency management offices provide information on what to put in an emergency supply kit readily accessible, comprised of the following:

• Canned foods and a can opener.
• A three-to-five day supply of bottled water – at least one gallon per person per day.
• Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
• First aid supplies.
• Batteries for radios and flashlights.
• Extra generator fuel and extension cords.
• A weather radio to receive emergency information.
• An emergency kit in the car containing food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, and blankets. Top off the tank before the storm hits.

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* SUA15000EC Heavy-Duty Generator with Electric Start Provides Backup Power for Jobsites, Businesses, and Residential Use *

A-iPower, a manufacturer of portable generators, pressure washers, water pumps, and gasoline engines, introduces its SUA15000EC portable generator with powerful 15,000 starting watts and 12,000 running watts. Pure sine wave technology delivers less than five percent THD (total harmonic distortion), producing clean power to safely run sensitive electronic and digital products.

Its high performance makes it an excellent choice for construction sites or backup for a commercial business or home. With a 680cc/24hp OHV twin-cylinder engine, combined with an efficient high-output alternator designed and manufactured by Senci, this unit delivers greater peak wattage allowing motor-driven appliances and tools to operate simultaneously. An intelligent automatic voltage regulator (AVR) helps minimize voltage fluctuations and delivers consistent power under load. A keyless one-touch button electric start provides an effortless startup.

Easy power connections are made through multiple front panel outlets. Weather-resistant outlet covers offer added protection from the environment and rugged working conditions. An eight-gallon, heavy-duty, all-steel tank with built-in fuel gauge delivers an average run time of seven hours at 50 percent load.

Other features include low-oil shutdown to automatically protect the engine from potential damage; a dual element air filter to help extend engine life, and a built-in DC Adapter plug with DC charging cables for battery charging or use with a USB adapter.

Outlets include two NEMA 120VAC 20A GFCI-protected outlets; one NEMA 120/140VAC 50A, 14-50R industrial-grade outlet; one NEMA 120VAC 30A L14 twist-lock outlet; and one NEMA 120VAC 30A, L5-30R twist-lock outlet.

For heavy-duty loads and improved traction and mobility over rough terrain, the SUA15000EC has four-inch, four-way, never-flat wheels. Wheel locks allow for safely parking the generator. A lifting hook is included for added security on the jobsite.

A 12V-36AH maintenance-free battery also is included.

For more product information and where to buy, consumers can visit www.a-ipower.com.

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Pressure Washing Makes Your Home Look Fresh and New Again

Power washing is an easy and affordable way to improve your home’s appearance. Not only can you take pride in a well-maintained home, but keeping your exterior bright and clean, including driveways, decks, and patios, keeps up the aesthetic value and curb appeal, vital should you want to put your home on the market. In fact, in a 2014 Zillow survey, real estate agents named curb appeal one of the five most important factors in selling a home.

Power washing is also a good way to prepare a home’s surface for repainting as it removes peeling, flaking, and chalking paint. Dirt, dust, mold, mildew and moss can be removed from almost anything with the high pressure water stream.

“The benefits of pressure washing include providing protection against building material degradation,” said Dorrance Noonan, CEO of A-iPower, a manufacturer of portable generators, pressure washers, water pumps, and gasoline engines. “When contaminants, such as mold, mildew, or algae remain on the siding material, it can cause permanent staining as well as premature paint failure.”

Selecting a pressure washer:

“When choosing a pressure washer, buyers should understand PSI and GPM ratings,” Noonan said.

PSI: The PSI (pounds per square inch) rating is the maximum amount of force (pressure) discharged by the pressure washer. The higher the PSI, the more cleaning power available and the more things you will be able to clean.

GPM: A pressure washer’s GPM (gallons per minute) rating refers to the water flow during one minute of operation. The higher the GPM, the faster you will be able to clean.

“Look for your pressure washer to have more than one nozzle that is easy to change out and connect,” Noonan said. “A 0-degree nozzle is designed for blasting tough mud and rust. It delivers a pinpoint stream of pressurized water and is extremely powerful. This nozzle should only be directed at surfaces that can withstand high pressure such as metal or concrete. Do not use this nozzle to clean wood.”

Other nozzle options include a 25-degree nozzle is designed for general cleaning of roofs, driveways and light stains, and a chemical (soap) nozzle for extra dirty jobs. It produces the weakest pressure stream of the three nozzles.

Noonan also advised choosing a model that has at least 25 feet of non-marring, long-reach, high- pressure hose for flexible access. Wheels also make it easier to move around the yard or driveway.

Before you begin:

With its powerful spray, precautions are necessary to protect certain areas around the house from harmful water pressure. Cover exterior fixtures like lights, shrubs, and plants. Cover with drop cloths or plastic covering and secure with duct tape. You may desire to hose down the greenery with clear water first.

Be cautious around the electric lines and conduit feeding the meter as well as the central air conditioner – high-voltage shock hazards that can kill you.

Angle the spray away from vents, soffit vents, and doors. Never spray windows – high pressure will break them.

Get a feel for the strength of the spray so you don’t damage your siding. Test by holding the pressure washer nozzle with both hands. Squeeze the spray gun trigger to allow the pump to purge air and impurities in the system. Then, standing about 3 to 4 feet away from the home’s exterior, aim the wand at a 45-degree angle to avoid gouging or denting. Move it in closer until you feel the spray is strong enough to remove dirt but not strong enough to cause damage.

Avoid streaking on vertical surfaces by applying the detergent from the bottom up. Work in small sections you can easily identify. Rinse thoroughly from the top down to wash away the cleaning agent and avoid streaks on a clean surface.

Safety first:

Pressure washers are easy to use, but they are a powerful tool. Never point the spray at another person, pet, or yourself – critical injuries can result. Before using a pressure washer:

• Read your operator’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use, maintenance, and storage.
• Always wear safety goggles and closed-toe shoes, and protect yourself from the possibility of direct spray as well as flying debris.
• Place the pressure washer on a flat area before starting.
• Firmly hold the gun assembly properly, engaging the safety latches when not spraying. The safety latches prevent water from spraying accidentally.
• After turning off the pressure washer, always release any pressure by squeezing the trigger before disconnecting the hoses and nozzles.
• The engine and motor of a pressure washer can get very hot after extended use, so use caution when moving the washer.
• Don’t let children use a pressure washer and do not allow them to play around a pressure washer when it is in use.
• Wear rubber soled shoes and long sleeve shirts and pants.
• When using an extension wand, be extremely careful it doesn’t come into contact with overhead wires.
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Hurricane Preparedness Essential: Generators and What You Need to Know

“It’s important for homeowners to be aware of the importance of emergency planning before a weather emergency. Having a portable electrical generator on hand when it will be needed most is a big part of such a plan,” said Dorrance Noonan, CEO of A-iPower, a manufacturer of portable power equipment. “Generators can keep the lights on, keep food cold, pump water, and run essentials such as cell phones, televisions, and laptops.”

When choosing a portable generator, Noonon said homeowners should look for these features:
• Enough power: Choose a generator with enough wattage output to power the appliances you’ll need in an emergency. Look for continuous running watts rather than surge wattage ratings when determining the correct generator to buy.
• Sufficient electrical outlets: A portable generator should have enough receptacles for the devices a homeowner wants to run. Models that include a multi-outlet cord offer greater convenience.
• Long enough run time on a full tank of gas: Look for a generator that will run through the night without refilling.
• Portability. Choosing a generator equipped with wheels and handles makes it a lot easier on the user.
Noonan also advised having extra generator fuel and extension cords on hand.

Generator Safety

When the power goes out, a homeowner’s first thoughts are to get the lights back on as soon as possible. But as with any connection to a voltage supply source, caution is urged. Noonan advised that when starting up the generator, take time to observe the following important safety rules.
• Always read and follow the manufacturer’s operating manual and instructions before running a generator.
• NEVER run a generator inside the house or a garage. Running engines give off carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal. Keep the generator away from open windows, vents, and doors.
• Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “backfeeding.” This is an extremely dangerous practice that presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It also bypasses some of the built-in household protection devices. Either plug appliances directly into the generator with power cords that are in good condition or have an electrician install a certified transfer switch.
• Be careful when refueling the portable generator. Shut it down and allow it to cool down between fills.
• Do not operate the generator near combustible materials.
• Don’t get the generator wet or you risk the possibility of electrocution. Running it in your garage is not safe either because the carbon monoxide fumes can seep into your house. There are products on the market that provides a tent-like cover on the machine, allowing you to safely run it and refuel it during wet weather.

Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit Ready

Although a portable generator can help keep your home up and running, other things need to be considered when severe weather, especially a hurricane, strikes. Among things to consider are an emergency kit, readily accessible, comprised of the following:
• Canned or pre-packaged food that doesn’t require cooking, and a can opener.
• First aid kit with bandages, scissors, tweezers, antibacterial spray or lotion, pain relievers, and prescription medications.
• A three-to-five day supply of bottled water – at least one gallon per person per day.
• Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
• Baby food or formula and diapers
• Hand sanitizer
• Wet cleaning cloths (like baby wipes) in case you don’t have clean water

In case you need to leave quickly during a hurricane, always keep an emergency kit in your car, too, and top off the gas tank before the storm strikes. Make sure you include:
• Food and water
• Flares
• Jumper or booster cables
• First Aid Kit
• Sleeping bags or blankets
• Flashlight and extra batteries

The following websites also provide detailed information on hurricane preparedness.

The Weather Channel, www.weather.com
National Hurricane Center/National Weather Service, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Centers for Disease Control – Natural Disasters and Severe Weather, http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/
FEMA, www.fema.gov

About A-iPower
A-iPower offers portable generators, pressure washers, water pumps, and gasoline engines providing innovative, cost-effective solutions for power needs at home, at the job site, and on the weekend. From our headquarters in Ontario, California, and our technical and distribution center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opening in late 2016, the A-iPower team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and ideal product solutions for the wide range and differing needs of consumer and commercial power generation equipment. For more information phone 626-888-3598 or visit our website at www.a-ipower.com.
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SUA9000E Generator Provides Portable, Reliable Backup Power for Residential and Job Site Applications.

A-iPower, a manufacturer of portable generators, pressure washers, water pumps, and gasoline engines, introduces its SUA9000E portable generator with 9,000 starting watts and 7,250 running watts, capable of firing up major household appliances or multiple power tools.

Powered by a 420cc/14hp OHV engine and combined with an efficient high-output alternator designed and manufactured by Senci, this unit delivers greater peak wattage allowing motor-driven appliances and tools to operate simultaneously. An intelligent automatic voltage regulator (AVR) helps minimize voltage fluctuations and delivers consistent power under load.

“This high-performance generator can power a home’s lights, television, refrigerator, pumps, air conditioner, and fan all at the same time, running for 8.5 hours at 50 percent load. On the job site, it is capable of running three to four power tools,” said Dorrance Noonan, CEO of A-iPower. “Consumers will appreciate its easy electric start and four NEMA GFCI-protected outlets for additional safety.”

Other features engineered for ease of use include an ergonomically-angled compact control panel for user-friendly access and visibility to the panel, push-to-reset circuit breakers for overload protection, a digital hour meter to monitor run times and scheduling of maintenance intervals, and low oil shutdown to automatically protect the engine from potential damage.

For heavy-duty loads and improved traction and mobility over rough terrain, the SUA9000E has nine-inch, never-flat wheels. A built-in, ergonomically-designed handle provides easy transportation and folds down for compact storage.

A 12V-14AH maintenance-free battery is included. Not for sale in California.

For more product information and where to buy, consumers can visit www.a-ipower.com.
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