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Prepare for a Power Shutoff

May 16, 2019

As California power companies take responsibility for helping to keep our communities safe from the danger of wildfires, we all need to be prepared in the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff. When vegetation is dry and high winds occur, if a live power line goes down, conditions are ripe for a fire to break out and spread rapidly, putting lives and entire communities in the path of devastation. During extreme weather conditions, especially during periods of high wind, power may be turned off for days in order to prevent wildfires from occurring and spreading.

Many people here in California have never experienced a prolonged period without power, and have not had a reason to think about what to do and how to prepare for such an event. Most of us would be able to deal with a power outage of a few hours, but there’s a strong possibility that we need to be prepared for the power being shut off for an extended period of days.

Here are some practical steps you can take right now so you’ll be ready ahead of time when the power goes off.

  1. Always have a reliable generator by your side. A portable generator is fueled by gasoline or propane, and some models even allow you to switch between fuels. A portable generator can back up a few essentials or almost everything in your home, and should be chosen based on what items you need to power, your preferred fuel, and what features are important to you. A home standby generator must be professionally installed and is connected to your home’s propane or natural gas system, so it never needs to be refueled. When the power goes out, your home standby starts automatically, and when power is restored, it returns to standby.
  2. Make sure you can open your garage door manually. In case you need to leave your home or evacuate while the power is out, you’ll need to be able to get your vehicle out of the garage. Locate your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer if necessary to get instructions, and practice opening it ahead of time to make sure you can do it successfully. It’s also important to keep plenty of gas in your vehicle’s fuel tank so you’ll be ready to go if you need to.
  3. If you own a backup generator, make sure it’s operational. It’s important to test your generator periodically to make sure it’s ready to safely provide a source of backup power for you. Don’t forget to review your owner’s manual to make sure you know how to operate your generator safely. If you plan to use a portable generator to back up your power during a Power Shutoff, make sure you have a supply of either gasoline or propane on hand. Check your owner’s manual to learn about the approximate runtime for a tank of fuel to determine how much fuel you should purchase.
  4. Put together an emergency supply kit. Make sure your first-aid kit is new or replenished with fresh supplies. You’ll also need flashlights, lanterns, a radio, extra batteries, a written out list of emergency phone numbers and contacts, non-perishable food, bottled water, supplies for your pets, and cash.
  5. Make sure you have backup charging methods for your phone. Purchase additional backup battery phone chargers for yourself and your family so you’ll be able to stay in touch with emergency contacts and reach out for help when you need it.
  6. Plan ahead for medical devices that rely on power and medications that need to be refrigerated. The medical needs of you and your family are top priority. Keep prescriptions together in an easily accessible location, and keep necessary medications on hand. If you have medications that require refrigeration, or medical devices that require power, secure an emergency plan for relocation or an alternative source of  backup power. For emergency lifesaving medical devices, it’s important to follow the ADA Emergency Power Planning Factsheet and contact your local power company to inform them of your needs and discuss the available options.

Although power companies plan to send out an alert to customers when the power is about to be shut off, it may not always be possible depending on weather conditions. Since we’re based in California, all of us here at Champion Power Equipment are preparing our homes and families for this challenge right along with you. Our team is available to provide the support you need and answer your questions as you make plans to secure a safe source of backup power. If we take the time and make the effort now to prepare our homes and our families, we can face a Power Shutoff together with confidence and peace of mind. For more information and helpful resources, please visit calpowershutoff.championpowerequipment.com or the official California Public Safety Power Shutoff website at www.prepareforpowerdown.com.

Is Your Generator Ready for Hurricane Season?

April 25, 2019

When an unexpected hurricane or storm hits and the power goes out, it’s a pain, but, no worries. You’re one of those people who has planned ahead for emergencies by purchasing a generator. You can handle it. All you have to do is power up your generator to get the lights back on. Then it hits you. Your generator is still in storage.

Has this ever happened to you? Don’t let it. Get ahead of hurricane season now and make sure your generator is ready for action when the power goes out.

Checking and prepping your generator can be done anytime, since storm seasons can also occur at different times throughout the year depending on your location. It makes sense to know what steps to take so you can make sure you’re always prepared for the unexpected.

First, if your generator has been stored improperly with gasoline in the fuel tank or carburetor, all of the fuel must be drained and the carburetor must be cleaned before you can use your generator safely. If you didn’t realize there was a right way and a wrong way to store your generator during periods of unuse, check out our Help Center for more info on how to clean a gummed up carburetor. Then, the next time you are ready to store your generator, resist the urge to just put it away quickly because you have other things to do. Taking the time to store your generator properly will save you time and hassle when you need your generator the most – during an emergency.

If you did store your generator properly by draining the fuel tank and carburetor according to your owner’s manual, great! You have a much easier job ahead of you.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Take your generator out of storage and place it outside.
  2. The first thing you’ll need to do is add fresh, regular octane fuel. Make sure you don’t overfill the tank so you can allow for fuel expansion.
  3. Next, you’re going to want to check for fuel leaks. Make sure your engine switch is off, then, turn your fuel valve on. Wait five minutes and then check the carburetor and air filter areas for leaks. If you do happen to discover a leak, you’ll need to disassemble your carburetor and clean it or replace it.
  4. If you don’t find any leaks, you can go ahead and turn your fuel valve to off, use a dipstick to check the oil level and add fresh oil if necessary.
  5. Next, take a look at your air filter and make sure there are no obstructions like bugs or cobwebs. Remove any obstructions you find and clean and replace the air filter according to your owner’s manual.     

That’s it!

Fresh fuel, no leaks, fresh oil, clean air filter, and you’re good to go. With hurricanes and other storms brewing, you can rest easy knowing that if a storm hits, you won’t be stuck without power because you have taken the time to get your generator ready to provide backup you can count on during an emergency.

Champion Continues Partnership with Grant Enfinger in 2019

February 13, 2019

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA (Feb. 12, 2018) – Champion Power Equipment, a market leader in power generation equipment, announced they will continue their partnership with NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS) driver, Grant Enfinger in 2019. Enfinger, who enters his third full-time season in the series with ThorSport Racing, will pilot the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records Ford F-150 for the Sandusky, Ohio,-based team.

“I’m incredibly grateful to be back at ThorSport Racing in 2019,” Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment/Ford F-150, said. “I’m thankful that Duke and Rhonda Thorson, along with Champion Power Equipment, Mike Curb/Curb Records, and Ford have allowed us another opportunity to show them what we’re made of. As a team we made some really big strides last season, and we’ve worked all off-season to continue down that path. Ford Performance has given us even more resources to work with this season, and we have everything we need to fight for wins and a championship in 2019.

“Champion Power Equipment has been a huge part of my career the last five seasons,” Enfinger said. “Champion’s line of portable generators are a great fit for NASCAR fans who love to tailgate and camp at their favorite race track. It’s always fun to go out into the campgrounds and meet all the fans that support Champion. By getting out there and connecting directly with their consumers, we’ve had the honor and privilege to see that brand grow over the years. I look forward to working with everyone at Champion again in 2019, and cannot thank them enough for their support.”

In addition to adorning the No. 98 for the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (DIS) later this week, Champion Power Equipment will also be the primary partner on the No. 98 Ford F-150 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (February), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March), Dover International Speedway (May), Gateway Motorsports Park (June), Chicagoland Speedway (June), Kentucky Speedway (July), Eldora Speedway (August), and Talladega Superspeedway (October).

“Grant (Enfinger) has been a great ambassador for our brand,” Todd Welzbacher, of Champion Power Equipment, said. “Through our NASCAR partnership over the last five seasons we’ve seen measurable growth in generator sales, and we attribute that to being able to connect directly with our consumers – the NASCAR fans. Our customers have a passion for the outdoors, and we have a passion to provide both dependable and durable power products. On behalf of everyone at Champion Power Equipment, we wish Grant and the No. 98 team the best of luck this season.”

Enfinger, who earned his first career NGOTS Pole Award in the season-opener at DIS in 2016, also has two wins in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the 2.5-mile track, and will make his fifth career NGOTS start in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday, Feb.15. All the action will be televised live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR channel 90 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For more information on Grant Enfinger visit: www.GrantEnfinger.com or follow him on Twitter @GrantEnfinger or on Facebook at Facebook.com/GrantEnfinger.

About Champion Power Equipment:

Since 2003 Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market’s finest power equipment. From our original headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, Champion has expanded its North American footprint to include facilities in Jackson Tennessee, Milwaukee Wisconsin and Toronto Canada. Today Champion’s product line has expanded to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters. With over 2.5 million generators sold in North America, Champion is a market leader in the power equipment field. For more information visit: ChampionPowerEquipment.com.

About Curb Records:

Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated under The Curb Group by Mike Curb since 1962, Curb Records has achieved 433 number one records, over 1,500 hundred Top Ten records and charted over 4,500 total records. Today’s roster includes some of the top names in Country, Christian and Pop/Rock music. Curb Records has produced over 100 Billboard awards and achievements and was recently honored as the 2015 Mediabase Gold Label of the Year. For more information visit: Curb.com.

About ThorSport Racing:

Entering its 24th season of competition, ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series team, competing in the series since 1996. With 1,110 starts to its credit, the team has amassed three driver championships, 29 wins, 225 top-five and 472 top-10 finishes, 32 pole awards and 5,247 laps led in NCWTS and the ARCA Racing Series. For more information, visit ThorSport.com.