Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Purchase Your Generator before Disaster Strikes

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Purchase Your Generator before Disaster Strikes

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Hurricanes and tornadoes get the most play in the media, but any extreme weather -- heavy rain, wind, hail or snow -- that knocks out your power can cause turmoil in your household. Generator sales tend to spike right before those storms land and once major power outages occur, which is the worst time to shop for one.

You need time to size, choose and properly set up a generator, according to Consumer Reports.

Based on your tolerance for "roughing it," Consumer Reports offers two scenarios that might suit common circumstances. Pick the approach that's best for your needs.

- Complete Convenience

Let's say you want nothing less than a generator that fires itself up the instant the lights go out. That calls for a stationary model that's permanently installed on your property; it does not need to be wheeled into place and manually connected each time the lights go out. …

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