Blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes -- natural disasters can strike at any time and take out the city's power for weeks. Forget about luxuries such as television or Internet. When the power is out food spoils, security alarms don't work, and medical equipment fails. Do you have a backup plan for these kinds of emergencies? Take our quiz to learn about the best sources of emergency power.
The most common cause of a major, long-term power outage is what?
the state's financial problems
How does a loss of power create greater problems for people living in rural areas?
The loss of power can lead to a loss of well water.
It takes a lot longer for the power company to fix problems in rural areas.
Power outages in rural areas cost more money to fix.
The most expensive consequences of a winter power outage is which of these?
loss of work
frozen or burst pipes
Which of these units is used to measure electrical power?
What do we mean when we say 60-watt light bulb?
The light bulb runs on 60 watts of power.
The light bulb will use 60 watts per hour.
The light bulb will use 60 watts during its shelf life.
If wattage is the amount of power something needs in order to run, what is surge wattage?
Surge wattage is the amount of power you need to get something up and running.
Surge wattage is the amount of power an item can withstand during a power surge.
Surge wattage is the total amount of power an item will use during its shelf-life.
What sorts of items typically have a surge wattage greater than their regular wattage?
items with multiple light bulbs
items with engines or compressors
items that get warm
Approximately how much power does a regular color television use?
Which of these items uses the most power?
a light bulb
About how much power does it take to heat or cool an entire house?
To prevent a power surge from causing your computer to crash, your computer should be attached to what?
a uninterruptable power supply (UPS)
an extension cord
a power generator
Why should you stagger your power consumption when using a generator?
It's better for the environment.
It's the law.
It will prevent the generator from getting overwhelmed.
A 5,000-watt generator can be purchased for as little as how much?
The average cost of a 10,000-watt generator is around how much?
Emergency generators usually run on which of these?
How much gas does a 5,000-watt generator use per hour?
one gallon of gas per hour
three gallons of gas per hour
five gallons of gas per hour
For how long can you store gasoline without using special chemicals?
How much horsepower (hp) does a 5,000-watt generator engine have?
What is the function of an inverter?
An inverter converts 12-volt power into 120-volt power.
An inverter allows you to turn a 5,000-watt generator into a 10,000-watt generator.
An inverter is a device that prevents power surges.
A 150- to 300-watt inverter can cost as little as how much?