Medical Consequences of a Power Outage

Have you considered what effect an extended power outage might have on your health or the health of your family?  With more people living in multi-generational homes and more seniors staying in their own homes longer, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to medical consequences of a power outage.

The most obvious medical concerns surround complex equipment for chronic, disabling conditions.  Home dialysis equipment, ventilators, or suction machines, for example, are life-saving for those patients and must run continuously.  Oxygen concentrators are also critical if you don’t have a portable alternative.

But there are some other things to consider.

Does someone in your home use a stairlift due to mobility issues?  Without electricity, their safety could be at risk or they could be confined to a small area of the home.  The same is true for people who require power wheelchairs or scooters.  Many people now use CPAP machines for sleep apnea, and going without that treatment could be life-threatening for some.

Even if no one in your household uses any medical equipment, what about your medications?  Many common medications require cold storage.  Not only insulin, but other diabetes drugs, as well as several chemotherapy drugs, some antibiotics, and even some eye and ear drops must be refrigerated to maintain their integrity and potency.  In the event of an extended power outage, you could lose these essential medications, putting your family’s health at risk.

The good news is that a home standby generator can ensure that all your critical medical equipment keeps working and all your medications can be stored correctly.  Precision Mechanical Services has over 20 years’ combined experience and can help you find the right generator for your needs and your budget.  For more information or to request a quote, contact us today!