Each year millions of people are affected by power failures. Every one remembers the Northeast Blackout in 2003 that affected more than 50 million people. In the past 6 years, about 100 million customers were affected.
2004 - 18 million customers affected in 86 separate incidents.
2005 - 18.5 million customers in 75 separate incidents.
2006 - 15.3 million customers in 77 separate incidents.
2007 - 7.3 million customers in 76 separate incidents.
2008 - 27.4 million customers in 149 separate incidents.
2009 – 9.5 million customers in 69 separate incidents.
2010 – 11.5 million customers in 87 separate incidents.
2011 – 25.5 million customers in 164 separate incidents.
National Grid also published a video explaining what happens when power is disrupted. Here it is:
While Eaton focuses on backup power supplies for computers and other data sensitive equipment, and National Grid explains why and how outages happen, there is no focus on preparing homeowners for safe night time safety lighting. With PowerSURE's power failure safety lights, you can protect your loved ones and keep them safe in their home simply, affordably and effectively by lighting the way during power failures. They happen more often and to more people than you might imagine.
How do you protect yourself?
We strongly recommend that you do not use candles when the power fails because:
There are over 16,000 candle related fires annually.
An average of 140 deaths each year from candle related fires.
Property damage exceeds $300 million in those fires.
Candles used for light during power outages caused about one-third of all fatal home candle fires.
Only a small fraction of homes have permanent power backup generators - they are costly and complex. There are also many tragic and unnecessary deaths from portable generators when not used properly.
PowerSURE® Power Failure Lights are safe and effective for lighting your home at night. You can safely navigate your home without using the main lights, and you can be secure in knowing that your home will never be totally dark again - even with the inevitable power failures that are sure to come.