(WHAS11) -- With severe weather in the area for many of us it's not a matter of *if*, but *when* the power will go out. Are you prepared for an extended outage? Good Morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen has today's Consumer Watch.
The best way to protect yourself is with a generator, whether it's a portable or a permanent unit. They can keep our food from spoiling, our homes temperature in check, and our life saving medical equipment ticking at all times.
“If you're living in the city and you may just need it for a few hours, a portable generator can be a great option, they cost about $1000. But if you live in a rural area where you may be without electricity for a longer period of time or if you have medical issues that require equipment to be plugged in you are probably going to go with a whole house generator," Angie Hicks from Angie’s List, said.
Hicks says that whole house unit could cost as much as $10 thousand. Fortunately, portable unit's are fine for most storm situations. Yes, they're designed to run for shorter time periods, and yes they need frequent gas refueling, but in most storm outage scenarios that's all you need.
Edward Cochran uses one in both his Indiana home, and in his Texas summer home. "Last year we were out for a period of nine hours. The year before we were out for about 23 hours and one time. Not a lot of times, but when you run out of power it's really nice to have a back-up generator," Cochran, said.
Remember generators should be placed outside on a level surface in a well-ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
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