Dodging The Dangers Of Standardized 'Out Of Office' Replies

Out of office replies have long been a staple and necessary aspect of business operations. After all, letting clients know that it’ll be awhile before they hear back is better than radio silence! 

As we move deeper into the inter-connected age, though, many people are calling out the evils that can be inherent in out of office replies. As can be seen from articles like this one on https://askleo.com, there’s a host of problems with this now-outdated system. Risks of security breaches and annoyance alone can wreak havoc if you aren’t careful. 

That’s why many companies are doing what they can to reduce the need for notifications like these. And, we’re going to look at a few of the ways you can do the same. 

Incorporate improved remote processes

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Often, employees set up out of office notifications as soon as they step out, even if they’re attending business meetings, or traveling for other company purposes. This is because, once upon a time, being out of the office meant being largely uncontactable. But that needn’t be the case any longer. If you consider remote-working capabilities like the VoIP phone systems outlined on https://www.lingo.com/business/voip/, then being physically out of the office needn’t prevent team members from being within easy reach. Even better, the ability to contact the employee in question on your office number ensures that out of office approaches never need to inconvenience your clients again. 

Delegate to someone else where you can

In some cases, of course, team members will be off on annual leave or trapped in meetings that altogether make them non-contactable. In this instance, delegating their incoming contacts to another member of the same team could be best. Admittedly, some clients will want to deal with just one colleague, but given the collaborative processes of most modern workforces, there’s no reason to operate in silos. By instead offering an alternative and informed point of contact, you should find the majority of clients are far more satisfied than they would be if they simply had to wait until their usual communicator returned. 

Be clear on timings

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Given that out of office replies are most often relevant outside of work hours, it’s also worth being clear on your business timings at all costs. After all, the less ‘out of work’ messages your company has to send, the less risk of damage as a result. Instead, be sure to list timings on every ‘contact us’ listing you incorporate. As well as ensuring clients know the best times to contact you for a reply, this ensures even those who do send messages in the dead of night aren’t left expecting a reply that doesn’t come. This, alone, should reduce annoyance a great deal, thus removing much of the harm out of office messages could cause otherwise. 

Do you need to do away with OOOs altogether? Perhaps not. But, eliminating them from your processes as much as possible could certainly lead to smoother business operations, and clients that are more satisfied on the whole.

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How To Profit From A Blog

Running a blog has become a popular activity for many people to do because the online world has become a hive of activity across the globe. Pretty much anyone who has access to a computer or phone will go on the internet, so having a blog can be financially beneficial. All you need is a website and the determination to work hard. Here’s how to profit from a blog!

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Get On PR Databases

As a rule of thumb, you should always be on the lookout for opportunities. You shouldn’t expect collaborations to just land in your inbox, so it’s going to take some effort on your part. PR companies and marketing businesses often work with bloggers or influencers for their clients. So try to sign up or drop an email to as many as you can with a media kit or a bit of information about your blog, and it’s social statistics. Most will have a database and keep your details on file, and hopefully, you’ll end up getting a collaboration or two coming through on a weekly basis. There are hundreds and thousands of these companies out there across the globe, so try to outreach and pitch to new ones at the start of every month. And as you start collaborating, hold onto those emails and reach out each month to ask for any new campaigns to get involved with.

Try Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing can be a great way of making money, especially when your blog starts to get thousands of views a week or per day. If they’re actively clicking on links that you put in a post or buying products, companies will want to work with you. When you want to learn affiliate marketing, it’s best to do some research online and perhaps get in touch with bloggers that you know are making a profit already through this scheme. Affiliate marketing works by offering the blogger or influencer, an amount of money for referring to the person via the link they track through your website, or when they buy the company’s product.

Reach Out To Companies Directly

Companies don’t always work with PR or marketing for blogging, but they may have an interest in working with bloggers. It’s always a good idea to actively reach out to companies that you’re interested in and create a personalized pitch that might help you to get some paid work or gifted products and services. Make sure you’re reaching out the marketing department within the company and tailoring each email to that brand, otherwise it could end up being ignored or dumped in the bin.

Sell Your Online Space With Advertising

Online advertising space is a great way to make money when you’ve got a popular website. These small spaces could end up being goldmines for companies, so why not advertise some of the spaces that you have with companies you know your readers enjoy. Whether this is through affiliate marketing or asking them to pay you.

Profiting from a blog can be satisfying when you’ve put in all the work, so keep going and don’t give up.

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Simple Ways to Keep Car Costs Down

Having a license and access to your own car gives you so much freedom and independence, but it can be really expensive. Along with the cost of the car itself, there are lots of monthly, annual and random costs that you need to consider to keep your vehicle safe and legal on the roads. Here are some of the ways you can keep these costs down. 

Road tax

The road tax that you pay is calculated based on the amount of emissions your car produces. This means that older, bigger and gas guzzling cars will cost you more, and smaller cars or those with newer and cleaner engines will cost you less. There are lots of with low emissions that get you very low or even free road tax. Before purchasing a car, be sure to check how much road tax you’ll be paying each month, as it’s easy to overlook this but can really bump up what you’re paying. 

High finance costs

Not everyone is going to be in a position to go out and purchase a car with cash, many of us need to rely on some kind of car finance to spread the cost. However, don’t just take the first deal you come across. Be sure to shop around and compare interest rates. It can be worth spending a few months saving up so you have a significant deposit to put down, since this will reduce the amount of finance you need to take and over a shorter time frame (meaning less interest needs to be paid). If you already have a car, get it into the best condition possible so you can sell it for the best price and use this towards the new car. Don’t be tempted to part exchange because it’s easier as you’ll never get quite as much for it. 

Excessive fuel costs

Fuel is expensive, and it’s a cost you’re always going to have to cover as a driver. However you can keep these expenses down by following a few simple tips. Don’t overload your car (so remove things like roof racks when they’re not in use). Don’t over rev the car, and avoid driving with the windows down unless you need to as this will increase wind resistance and use more fuel.

Parking and speeding tickets

It goes without saying that a parking and speeding ticket cost can always be avoided with a bit of care. Drive according to the rules and you won’t be caught out with these things, which is good because they can cost a lot, and especially in the case of speeding can end up in serious trouble. Sometimes mistakes can happen, and if you’ve made a genuine mistake then it could be worth appealing your ticket, you definitely won’t always be successful though.

Breakdown expenses

Getting recovered after breaking down is expensive, but breakdown cover isn’t. For this reason, taking out a breakdown policy and paying a small amount each month can save you a heap of cash if you do happen to need assistance. 

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The Benefits of Owning a Pickup Truck

Shopping for a new car can be tricky. You have to consider things like your budget, where you live, how much you drive and what kind of terrains you drive on. If you have young children, you might also have to consider their safety, the ease of fitting a car seat, and how easily you might be able to get things like pushchairs in and out of the trunk. You might spend time looking at family cars, small city runners, larger vehicles, sporty numbers, off-roaders, and pickup trucks.

If you’ve never owned or driven a pickup truck before, you might find the idea a little overwhelming and cross it off your list without too much consideration. But, looking at a Toyota Tundra for Sale can be worth it. Many people drive pickups, and you’ll often find that once people have made the switch, they never drive a different kind of car. But, why is this, what are the benefits of driving a pickup? Let’s take a look.

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It’s Versatile

Some cars are great for driving in the countryside, but only on roads, they aren’t quite as good when taken onto rough terrains. Some drive well on city streets, but just don’t have the power for more adventurous drivers and certainly wouldn’t be capable of towing a caravan. A pickup can do it all. It’s versatile, which allows you to be more spontaneous.

There’s Plenty of Space

Space is a big pull of a pickup truck. If you are fed up of struggling to get everything into the trunk of your car, or you find yourself playing enthusiastic games of Tetris to try to get all of your shopping into the back, around any other equipment that you might need, you might find a pickup a complete game changer. The extra space is ideal for many people and can make life much easier.

It’s Perfect for Outdoor Activities

A pickup truck is a perfect car for anyone that likes to spend time in the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy camping, hiking, skiing or any other outdoor activity, a pickup gives you plenty of storage and a powerful car to get you to where you need to be.

Safety

Most modern vehicles are packed with up to date safety features to protect you and your family, and any new car had to undertake plenty of testing before it’s released to the public. But, pickups still have a few advantages over most of them.

Firstly, you sit higher up above the road. This gives you much better visibility when you are driving. You’ll be able to see more of the road and keep yourself safe. Secondly, if you were involved in an accident, the sheer mass of your vehicle would help to protect you.

You’ll Gain Respect on the road

When you drive a truck, you look like you know what you are doing. You appear to be a confident driver, that handles power well and other people treat you as such. You’ll gain respect on the road, and your confidence will grow.

Life Will Feel Like an Adventure

When you are in a truck, you’ll always feel as though you can go anywhere at any time. Driving like this makes your life feel like one big adventure.

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Overload Principle: Training with Purpose

How do you know you’ve hit a plateau?

Have you trained for countless hours with sparse results? Strict dieting with little to show for it? Strength training without the ability to increase weight? When was the last time you hit a PR, anyway?

Plateauing happens to athletes at all levels. It’s good for training regimens to become a way of life, but doing those sessions over and over again can become like mindlessly checking a box. Inputs remain the same–which can be detrimental to increasing performance outputs.

Incorporating overload principle into training may be one of the steps you need to get off that plateau.

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Building Muscle–How it Actually Works

Overload principle states that in order for muscle to increase in size, strength and endurance, it must be regularly challenged to produce an output that is as near as possible to maximum capacity. The technique pushes the body past its limits, further breaking it down to force adaptations that lead to performance gains.

Skeletal muscle is composed of fibers that contract when our muscles are put to work. During high intensity, challenging exercise, muscle fibers are broken down. These small breakdowns are called “microtrauma,” and cause the muscle to rebuild stronger, overcompensating to protect itself from other breakdowns with new muscle-building protein.

The rebuilt fibers increase in thickness and number, resulting in muscle growth. To support this, we need enough dietary protein to ensure the rate of muscle protein synthesis is greater than the rate of muscle protein breakdown; this is how our muscles grow.

The same process happens in all of the muscles of our body. The heart muscle also gets bigger with training, enabling more oxygen to be used by other muscles. An exercise-induced release of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) stimulates the formation of blood vessels, leading to the capillarization of the muscle, allowing increased blood flow, oxygen, and nutrient delivery (which is a critical factor in muscle growth).1 More enzymes are also produced that are utilized in energy production.

A woman squatting in the weight room using overload training, which says that muscle fibers and broken down during exercise, then muscle growth is a result of the fibers increasing in thickness and number

Interestingly, when it comes to muscular hypertrophy (the building of muscle), the exact mechanisms aren’t totally understood; there are likely many factors at play. Current hypotheses include some combination of mechanical tension, metabolic fatigue and muscular damage.

But with training adaptations like overload principle, there can be results like slower utilization of muscle glycogen, greater reliance on fat oxidation, less lactate production during exercise, and adaptations to skeletal muscle.2 To produce muscle growth, athletes must apply a load of stress greater than what those muscles have previously adapted to.3

The idea of overload principle is rooted in how muscles grow–and it begins immediately after exercise, but can take weeks or months to actually manifest.

Practice Before Overloading

Before introducing heavier weight or adding more miles to an exercise program, it’s essential to have the correct technique for those exercises cemented. Muscle memory and the repetition of techniques with proper form are crucial for executing an exercise flawlessly.

Normally, these skills are best learned when fatigue doesn’t impact an athlete’s ability to perform the movements correctly.

But once introduced on top of a good skill base, overload principle can be a powerful tool to reducing the overall risk of injury.

Implementing Overload Principle

Without overload principle, fitness level is less likely to increase; training programs might not yield strength gains because the body adapts to static repetition.

There are two basic components of overload principle: the overloading, and the progression. Overloading is what we’ve discussed above, the adding of stress, weight, etc. to achieve greater fitness.

Progression is the way in which the overloading should be added to training. This can be achieved through an increase in frequency, intensity, time of exercise, or a combination of these.

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Are You FITT?

The FITT principle is a way to approach overload training strategically and safely, by overloading these different aspects of exercise.

Frequency: How often physical activity is performed, which is normally about three to five times per week.

Intensity: How hard a person exercises during physical activity, which can be measured in different ways and is different for everyone. Heart rate is one way to monitor intensity during endurance, while weight can illustrate intensity of strength training; however, neither of these measures something like flexibility.

Time: The length of physical activity. Again, time varies depending on the person and fitness goal. Stretch-training for flexibility may take 15 minutes, but the minimum for aerobic activity is about 20 minutes of continuous exercise.

Type: The specific physical exercise one is training to improve. Someone trying to improve strength might overload weight and reps; a runner looking to improve endurance might overload distance and time.

By using the FITT principle to understand overloading, this may also help with burnout. Often, we seek performance gains, increasing intensity wildly in the hopes of achieving our goals. This can lead to overly fatigued muscle and even injury.

Compartmentalizing overload training, and already knowing the movements on which you’ll overload, can help reduce some of the dangers of pushing your body past its limits.

How to Overload

You probably already have a training plan. It has days with long runs and short runs, rest days and strength training days.

But do those workouts all look the same, week after week? If so, you may be treading in workout water. It’s time to budget overload training into your workout plan.

A note: if you’re serious, it may be worth getting help from a coach. You can’t keep overloading the same thing over and over–that defeats the purpose of overload training in the first place. Always increasing the same element, like volume, may lead to another plateau. It’s important to mix it up, looking at your training plan like a journey: there will be peaks and troughs to keep the body guessing.

A runner using overload principle, which stats that runners should increase distance, increase intensity and increase speed

When Running

Running with overload principle in mind applies the same techniques as strength and resistance training: increase difficulty (in some way) systematically.

Adding intensity to your workouts is a good place to start. Speed workouts and hill training can help improve muscle strength, overall speed and eventually, race day performance. These intense workouts should come twice per week, incorporating things like interval training, tempo runs, hill workouts or lactate threshold training (which could serve a dual purpose as being both a difficult workout and help you improve your lactate threshold).

Adding duration to runs is also an essential way to overload. One long run per week should be added to a training plan. Many runners prefer to conduct these long runs on weekends (specifically Sunday), because Monday is a popular rest day. You can even add mileage to this run over the course of several weeks.

There are also tools that can help overload training. A weight vest can be added while running or walking to increase lower-body strength and endurance. And running with a training mask on can make your respiratory muscles work harder, which increases respiratory compensation threshold (RCT) and can improve endurance performance.5

Ample recovery time is also important; muscles need time to recover. Work in a rest day after a day of overload training. Since you’ve just pushed yourself further than you’re used to going, recovery will help encourage those gains. If resting isn’t an option, try alternating hard training days with easy training days.

When Weight Training

You probably already strength train or cross-train between regular workouts–these strengthen muscles and joints, decreasing the risk of injury.

The type of strength training varies by athlete depending on their goals. Many employ circuit training, weightlifting or plyometrics training. In general, overloading would include increasing the number of sets or increasing weight used in this training.

The safest way to overload is first to increase reps or sets, getting as comfortable as possible with the exercise, then increase weight.

For example: let’s say you’re doing three sets of eight reps of bicep curls with 10 lb dumbbells. When overloading the following week, jumping to 15 lb dumbbells would be a 50% jump in weight–which is too much to overload. Instead, overload by increasing the number of reps or sets. Try for three sets of ten reps or four sets of eight reps before increasing weight.

On the flip side, someone pushing 100 lbs on a bench press would likely be able to increase weight to 105 lbs–that’s only a 5% jump in weight. For exercises with larger muscles, the overload increment can also be larger. Still, it’s best to focus on increased reps or sets before jumping up in weight.

To approach overloading systematically, make sure you keep a training log to track each increase in weight for all your exercises.

A woman lifting a barbell using overload training, which states that lifters should first increase the number of sets and reps, then increase the weight when the movement has been mastered

Overloading Outside of Exercise

Even though overloading happens in the gym, building muscle happens outside of it. All that overloading might be for naught if you don’t recover properly.

We’ve outlined the best supplements for runners to take, but here’s a high-level look at what can help increase muscle and improve recovery.

BCAAs: These branched-chain amino acids provide the body with building blocks to maintain lean muscle mass.6 The body breaks down protein into these amino acids, which then are sent throughout the body to be used again in protein building–and thus, muscle-building. One study even showcased they alleviated skeletal muscle damage.7

HVMN Ketone: Can be used before, during and after workouts. HVMN Ketone has been shown to increase the efficiency of working muscle by 28%,8 and in testing, athletes went ~2% further in a 30-minute time trial.9 For recovery, HVMN Ketone decreases the breakdown of intramuscular glycogen and protein when compared to carbs alone,9 while also expediting the resynthesis of glycogen by 60% and protein by 2x.10,11

Protein: Whey, casein and soy protein are the most popular choices here, and all should be taken post-workout. Whey is a great source of BCAA, and is absorbed the fastest by the body. It’s largely considered the most effective protein for building muscle.12 Casein protein is slower to absorb, so it can be taken before bed. One study showcased consuming it before bed led to a 34% reduction in whole body protein breakdown.13

Overloading to Measurable Gains

Overloading may be the best way to break the body out of its routine and spur the growth you’ve been looking for. By pushing the body past its limits, even for a set or an extra mile, your body will adapt to be able to handle that stress during the next training session.

It’s important not to over-overload. This can lead to injury and be detrimental for your overall training goals by putting you on the sidelines for a few weeks. Measured overloading is the best approach, tracking the increases to understand how they’re helping work toward your goals.

Take it one step at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be off that plateau and on your way to climbing a whole new mountain.

How do you get off the plateau? Share in the comments below.

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September 25, 2018

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Top 3 Ways To Test For Ketosis

Top 3 Ways To Test For Ketosis

Originally published on HVMN by Justin Liau, Michael Brandt and Nate Martins

HVMN lives on the bleeding edge of science. We try to stay up to date on the best methods to enhance human performance, including how to measure personal biomarkers. It’s a core principle at HVMN, an ethos to help anyone be the best version of themselves.

It’s also something we practice. CEO and Co-founder, Geoffrey Woo, measures his blood BHB levels using a blood reader device after drinking HVMN Ketone. These ketone levels are an excellent biomarker for tracking the effectiveness of fasting, ketogenic dieting, and exogenous ketones.

But there’s more than one way to test ketosis.

Why should you care about how high your ketone levels are?

HVMN takes a systems engineering approach to human performance: optimize inputs to achieve desired performance outputs.

Understanding blood ketone levels adds transparency and data fundamental to biohacking. It offers insight into where you might feel best, or help optimize diet to achieve personal goals. Many people monitor blood ketone levels while on the keto diet or taking exogenous ketones to verify that they’re actually in ketosis.



Setting a baseline while on the keto diet is helpful, especially if you’re using the keto diet for weight loss and other health benefits like controlling metabolic syndrome. For those on the low-carb, high-fat keto diet trying to lose weight, moderate ketone levels could be an indicator measurement of your dietary needs to reach those weight loss goals.

When on the keto diet, fat stores are broken down and fatty acid concentrations increase in the bloodstream. Those fatty acids are turned into ketones in the liver. When ketone levels exceed 0.5mM, that’s considered to be a state of “ketosis.” Nutritional ketosis is defined as blood ketone levels ranging from 0.5 – 3.0mM by pioneering ketone scientists Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney in “The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living.”1

There are three methods to measure ketone levels; with this data, you’ll have the power to optimize your biohacking protocol.

Blood Testing

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Pros

  • Most accurate way to measure ketosis in mmol/L (mM)
  • Measures BHB, the predominant ketone in the body, rather than acetoacetate or acetone

Cons

  • You need a handheld device (i.e., Precision Xtra or Keto Mojo) and test strips, which can be expensive relative to other techniques
  • You have to take a finger prick blood sample which can be bothersome and invasive at first until you get used to it

When testing blood using a BHB/glucose meter, you’re getting the most accurate measurement available. The meters measure glucose or ketone levels depending on which test strips are inserted. Those with diabetes commonly use the same procedure and the same blood meters to measure their blood glucose levels. It’s critical for people with diabetes to control blood sugar levels and also to avoid dangerously high levels ( > 20mM) of ketones, known as ketoacidosis.

A blood BHB/glucose meter provides the most accurate measurement available. These meters measure glucose or ketone levels depending on which test strips are used. Those with diabetes commonly use the same procedure and the same blood meters to measure their blood glucose levels. It’s critical for people with diabetes to control blood sugar levels and also to avoid dangerously high levels ( > 20mM) of ketones, known as ketoacidosis.

Using a blood ketone meter device is simple. You’ll need the device itself, compatible test strip, a lancet device (to pick the finger), lancets (needs to prick the finger) and an alcohol swab for sanitation.

To take a reading, follow these steps:

  • Remove the cap from the lancing device and insert the lancet into the device
  • Rotate the tip of the cap of the lancing device and set it to the desired depth of puncture
  • Arm the lancing device by sliding the control button until you hear a click
  • Insert a strip into the reader
  • Swab the tip of your left index finger with a sterile wipe
  • Place the lancing device firmly on your left index fingertip
  • Press the button on the lancing device to puncture your fingertip
  • Gently squeeze your fingertip to extract a large drop of blood
  • Hold the reader and touch the bottom of the strip to the blood sample
  • Hold the reader in place and allow the strip to absorb the blood sample

Wait a few seconds for the reader to analyze the sample

All things considered, using a blood meter might seem like the obvious choice to measure ketone levels. But the finger prick and cost may lead you to explore other avenues for testing. Here are a couple more options.

Urine Testing

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Widely available in pharmacies
  • Non-invasive

Cons

  • Less accurate than blood
  • Over time the body adapts to excrete fewer ketones in the urine

Urine testing was designed to measure acetoacetate–one of three ketone bodies. But it doesn’t account for BHB, so urine testing may not be the most accurate measure of ketosis.

Since urine is a waste product, what’s displayed on the ketone urine strips is what the body is excreting. By nature, that may not be the best indication of how well the body is utilizing ketones as fuel. As you become more keto-adapted, you’ll excrete fewer ketone bodies through urine. Hydration status can also affect these ketone readings, and leads to inconsistent results–as relative hydration level can dilute the concentration of ketones in urine.

It comes down to this: urine ketone strips are a cheap and easy way to get an understanding of early ketone levels, but for long-term use, they’re not the most accurate option.

Breath Testing

Pros

  • After purchasing the device, it’s free each time you test

Cons

  • You need a handheld device (e.g. Ketonix)
  • Less accurate than blood meter

Breath ketone meters are relatively new to the market for testing ketone levels. They specifically measure the amount of acetone excreted in breath, providing readings that relate well to blood ketone levels at low concentrations.

But the research is limited. There haven’t been enough studies done to confirm the accuracy of breath acetone meters at higher levels, such as the level achieved after drinking HVMN Ketone. Acetone is the simplest and smallest of the three ketone bodies.

Choosing the Right Ketone Meter for You

In general, we recommend testing ketone levels if you’re trying to achieve nutritional ketosis or using exogenous ketones like HVMN Ketone.

Fat burning mode via the ketogenic diet is tough to maintain–so it’s helpful to monitor ketone levels to make sure your efforts are worthwhile. While ketone readings don’t paint the whole picture of ketosis, they’re a large piece of the puzzle. You’ll have more transparency into what’s happening inside the body, developing an understanding of how fast and the level of ketosis you’re able to achieve.

Over time, some people develop intuition around what diet or routines lead to a given ketone level, but it’s helpful to establish a periodic basis for using an accurate ketone measurement device to get reliable objective data.

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What to Do When You Experience a Power Outage

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You don’t realise just how much we come to rely on the energy that powers our homes until it cuts out. Once the power goes, we cannot light our properties, cook our food, shower or complete our beauty regime, or entertain ourselves with television, games, and laptops. An extended outage can cause stores to close, disrupt communications and transportation, cause food spoilage, and even prevent use of medical devices. It’s not all too surprising that this can cause serious disruption to our lives and is a relatively daunting situation to face. But not to worry. Here are some steps that you can take in order to tide yourself through a power shortage as effectively as possible.

Preparation

Seeing as you can never be entirely sure when a power outage will occur, it can prove to be a relatively difficult situation to deal with. However, there are a few preparatory steps that you can take which will help to see you through the situation seamlessly if you do experience it down the line.

Invest in a Generator

The first, and perhaps most effective, step that you can take is to have a power generator installed in your home. This works as a great back up supply of energy that can simply be switched on and used as and when needed. This will quite literally allow you to carry on about your day to day tasks and business without having to wait for power to return. Make sure to have your generator installed by reliable professionals, such as Assurance Power Systems. This will give you the best chances of your generator working properly and always being something to fall back on in times of need.

Stock Up on Candles

If you do not intend to invest in a generator, there are other steps that you can take. Consider stocking up on a bag of tealights and a few lighters or boxes of matches. While these will not power your standard electrics, they can be used to light up your property when your electric lights shut out if it starts to get dark. This way, at least you will be able to find your way around your home! Just make sure that candles aren’t left lit unsupervised, as this poses a safety hazard.

Purchase a Portable Charger

You may need to get in touch with various different people when you experience a power outage. The first number that you should call is 105. This is a nationwide number that will connect you to your local electric network operator. They will be able to inform you what is happening and when power will be restored. Next, you may want to call for family or friends to let them know what’s happening. This won’t be possible without any charge on your phone. So, purchase a portable charger and ensure it is full at all times. This can then be used to boost your phone’s battery levels.

As you can see, preparation is key when it comes to dealing with a power outage. So, start taking steps to secure yourself today!

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