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Your First Winter Must-Have: A Portable Generator

To celebrate winter, which begins around noon EST on December 21, we’ve put together a short list of essentials every homeowner can use to survive the season with success:

  1. Portable generators
  2. Snow blower
  3. Outdoor and indoor heaters
  4. Ice melt

In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of the portable generator.

Portable GeneratorA generator’s primary function is to provide electrical energy. For homeowners, portable generators provide emergency power when the power to your house is interrupted, during ice storms, blizzards or an extreme natural disaster like a tornado, hurricane or flood. If you live at the end of the neighborhood power grid or in an area where the power is frequently intermittent, using a generator can help save your tech devices from any power surges, keep your pipes from freezing and food from spoiling – at least for short amount of time. People also use generators for recreational purposes, bringing one along while camping, RVing, tailgating or boating.

Generators can be engine-powered, meaning they burn gasoline, diesel or propane to generate electric power, or they can use an inverter that powers the generator from an automobile battery.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Generator

1. NOISE LEVEL. A running generator can make a lot of noise. It’s a good idea to check for any noise ordinances or restrictions in your area, especially at night. Most generators are labeled with a decibel rating. For every increase in 10 decibels, the noise level is 10 times more powerful. This means that a generator running at 70 decibels is 10 times as loud as a generator that runs at 60 decibels. However, some generators are built for quiet operation and are perfect for recreational use, so if you’re thinking about using a generator for tailgating, as well as, a source of emergency power, choose a quiet generator.

2. FUEL EFFICIENCY AND RUN TIME. Look for a generator that runs on the least amount of fuel for the longest amount of time.

3. QUALITY OF POWER. To avoid shut down or damage, consistent power output is much more preferable than any fluctuations in output, both for the generator and the appliances being powered. Inverter-type generators are ideal for sensitive electronics, such as computers. Also consider using a generator with voltage regulation that is automatic (AVR), digital (DAVR) or intelligent (iAVR). Runyon carries generators made by Honda with a patented CycloConverter technology that offers the benefits of an AVR-type generator, allowing cleaner power with less weight. Honda Super-Quiet EU generators use inverter technology.

4. SIZE AND EASE OF TRANSPORT. How do you plan on moving a generator and where will you store it? Many times, you’ll benefit from compact, lightweight generators that move easily on wheels.

Tips for Operation

  • Read the owner’s manual before operating your generator.
  • Always run your generator outside and keep house doors and windows closed.
  • Allow for plenty of space around the generator for proper ventilation. Do not enclose in a box or other casing. Operate the generator under an open, canopy-like structure instead.
  • Avoid using the generator in wet conditions, such as rain or snow, or near a pool or sprinkler system.
  • Place the generator on a firm, level, dry surface.
  • Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gas mixture. Follow manufacturer recommendations.
  • Use heavy-duty extension cords that are specifically designed for outdoor use with the generator.
  • Do not plug the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “backfeeding.” This is extremely dangerous and presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer.
  • Run your generator at least once a month, so it’s ready for use when the power goes out.
  • Be sure to refuel when the engine is off and the generator is in a well-ventilated area.
  • Allow the generator to cool for 15 minutes before transporting or storing it.
  • Store your generator upright in a well-ventilated area.

Safety Considerations

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that portable generators can be very hazardous when installed or used improperly. Hazards may include damaged electrical systems, carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution and fire. If you start to feel sick, dizzy or weak in your home while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately. Do not delay, because carbon monoxide from generators can kill you in minutes. Consider installing battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up on every level of your home.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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A Few Tips on How to Keep the Holidays Safe this Year

With only a few days left before Christmas, your house is sure to be decorated for the holidays with a style all your own. And hopefully you’ve kept safety in mind all the while. If not, here are a few things to consider this holiday season to make sure you and your family are cozy and safe.

5 Holiday Safety Tips1. The center of it all – your Christmas tree: For you live Christmas tree lovers, keep your tree well-watered, and for those of you with artificial trees, make sure your lights are working properly because one in every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. 

2. Powering up for the holidays: Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many extension cords, lights and other decorations, for this creates a real fire hazard. As a rule-of-thumb, use only 80% power on each outlet. To determine this, simply divide the watts of power you’re using by 120 volts, the number most houses are rated for, and you’ll know if you need to use more than one outlet.

3. Festive flames all a-glow: You also know that December is the peak time of year for home candle fires – especially on December 23, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Be sure you never leave a candle burning unattended and place them away from the tree and other decorations that could quickly spark a fire. An alternative is to invest in battery-operated flameless candles, which look real and are less of a fire hazard than open flames. However, keep the fire extinguisher in a convenient, easy-to-remember place, just in case.

And while you have the ladder out for hanging lights, you should also change batteries in all the smoke detectors in your house. Tackling this task during holiday decorating not only saves time, it reminds you of the need to check smoke detectors once a year.

4. A potentially icy pathway: Outside, keep the sidewalks and driveway free of snow and ice with a shovel and snow blower.

5. Hop in the car for your annual holiday road trip: Once your house is safe and beautiful, it’s time to prepare your car – and your family – for that special trip. In addition to dangerous weather conditions and limited daylight hours this time of year, traveling during the holidays has its own challenges that require extra planning. The entire family piles into a car, along with suitcases and gifts, which may make it difficult for the driver to see out the back window. Driving in unfamiliar areas can create yet another distraction.

Holiday Travel

Here’s a handy list to help you plan safely for holiday travel:

  • Pack a safety kit for your car, including anti-freeze, deicer for locks, window scrapers, a shovel, tools, a small gas container and a lighter (or matches)
  • Put a bag of kitty litter or sand in the trunk, to use in case you get stuck
  • Bring along an extra set of gloves, sturdy boots, hats and a blanket
  • Remember to bring a mobile phone, directions, a map, GPS and any reservation confirmations
  • Set the car alarm or use an anti-theft device
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside
  • Don’t leave packages on the seat of your car, creating a temptation for thieves
  • Consider sending holiday gifts ahead via U.S. Mail, UPS or other expediting service
  • When approaching and leaving your car, be aware of the surroundings
  • Always carry a driver’s license or ID card, along with necessary cash, checks, credit or debit cards

It may seem like a no-brainer to follow the above guidelines, but the holidays inevitably get somewhat crazy, so just take a little extra time this year and your family will thank you for it. If you have more questions about holiday precautions and the tools or equipment you may need, please get in touch with us via our contact us page or the comment section below. Happy Holidays!

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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3 Elegant Trends for This Year’s Holiday Get-Togethers

The season of good cheer offers so many opportunities to bring family and friends together that do-it-yourself party planners are on the lookout for the best ways to spend less time planning and more time creating unforgettable memories.

Here’s a list of decidedly hip ways to dazzle everyone on your guest list – including yourself!

Trend #1 – Keep Holiday Entertaining Deceptively Simple and Stress-Free

Planning last-minute is really not the same as impromptu party-making. Why? Not giving you enough time to prepare the house, the food, the music and the mood is seriously stressful! And not cool.

Holiday Party DecorPlan your party as one singular sensation that your guests will remember. Feature a favorite signature dish that you can prepare in advance, and pair it with an easy appetizer like roasted nuts and a sophisticated drink you create just for the event. Set the mood with a homemade mix of music, or choose one of the music channels on cable TV or the Internet. Dim the lights, light some candles and invite magic into the room along with the partygoers.

Speaking of singular sensations, party experts say one of this year’s most popular holiday looks is all-white décor. From decorations to wrapped presents to elegant displays of food (silver works well with white), the simplicity of one color wraps the evening up in style, is timeless and easy to create.

Trend #2 – Protect Your Belongings and Rent

Make your house party-ready by re-arranging the furniture to create places for mingling, intimate conversation, comfortable dining and even dancing.

Rent a dolly to help with moving your furniture. Attractive tables and chairs are also available for rent, and assure enough seating for everyone. Rent a coat rack and hangers to avoid having guests pile coats and jackets on your bed. You can even rent china, glasses, serving dishes and silverware, saving your own from any accidental breaks. With the room in party mode, you can enjoy the company you’re with, instead of worrying if everyone is comfortable.

And when it’s time to wind the party down, you can dole out leftovers in fun Chinese to-go boxes and call it a night. Most of the clean up and rental return can wait until morning.

Trend #3 – Make Your Own Holi-date

As the ultimate party planner Martha Stewart likes to say, “There’s no expiration date on glad tidings!” Avoid the strain of too many festivities in one month by choosing a special date in January to throw a party, when life is back to normal.

Invite your friends and family over for brunch –to celebrate the start of a new year, or for an evening of movie-watching or game-playing, or to enjoy a potluck dinner. You can still make it a singular sensation, only planning the entire event may be more relaxed. And all of a sudden, you’ll have an event to look forward to – an unexpected present!

About the Author

is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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