Storm Safety Checklists
Be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Here, TruFuel presents storm safety checklists for all your severe weather needs.
Winter Storm Safety Checklist
When severe winter weather hits your neighborhood, snowdrifts can trap you inside your home, and wind, wet snow and freezing rain can take down power lines across whole regions for days ‐ sometimes weeks.
So if you have a snowblower or portable generator, add ethanol-free fuel to your winter storm safety checklist.
That’s because the safety and comfort of you and your family can depend on your portable power generator and on your snowblower.
Why use ethanol-free fuel?
The gasoline available for purchase in 75% of the United States is blended with ethanol by law. E-10 is fine for large automotive engines, but for the smaller, hotter-running 4-stroke engines that drive snowblowers and portable power generators, ethanol-blended gas station gas hurts dependability.
Ethanol attracts moisture, which then separates and settles on the bottom of gas tanks. Outdoor power equipment stored over 30 days with regular gas in the tank can receive a straight jolt of water to their engines that can result in a need for major repair work.
Ethanol also leaves behind varnish and residue in carburetors and fuel lines and corrodes rubber and plastic parts in 4-cycle engines.
- High Octane
- Treated with advanced stabilizers ‐ it stays fresh for two years after opening and for at least five years unopened.
In other words, TruFuel is engineered for small engines like generator and snowblower engines and it’s ready to help you during winter emergencies.
Hurricane Safety Checklist
In their hurricane checklist of preparedness recommendations, FEMA advises to install a generator for emergencies. Portable generators provide the ability to run appliances, sump pumps, televisions and radios via extension cords when hurricanes disable the grid—for what could be weeks of time.
Much research and/or professional advice from an electrician should go into your purchasing decision to make sure you have a unit that can power what you need it to in an emergency. Owner’s manuals must be kept on hand, and safety guidelines followed closely, since generators, set up or used incorrectly can be deadly.
Powering portable gas-powered generators is another important issue. This is because generators are intermittently used, and conventional gasoline does not store well.
Gas station gas, whether it’s in an approved container or sitting in the gas tank of your generator, can go bad in as little as 30 days. Pulling the cord and sending old, separated gasoline into the engine of your emergency generator is one disaster on top of another—it clogs the fuel system, and the gas pump is subject to failure. Emergency preparedness experts are acutely aware of this problem.
The good news is that TruFuel 4-Cycle, now available at dealers near you, is engineered for use in limited-use equipment like portable generators. TruFuel’s advanced stabilizers inhibit separation and varnishing while in storage. TruFuel 4-Cycle stays fresh for two years after being opened, and stays fresh for at least five years unopened.
The Ethanol-Free Difference
TruFuel is also always ethanol-free fuel. Seventy-five percent of gas station gas in the United States is now blended with ethanol (alcohol), which damages and gums-up the carburetors of generator engines with varnish and residue. Why use ethanol-free gas? Because in the aftermath of a hurricane, in a state of emergency, you need your generator to work.
So, store, supply and power your generator with TruFuel 4-Cycle, and have power when you need it.
Be prepared. Be safe. Find a dealer near you.
Print a Hurricane Checklist
Please consider printing out the federal government’s “before,” “during” and “after” hurricane checklist resource for building emergency kits and installing a family communication plan.
Safety Note: “NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.” –FEMA