J.D. Power Systems Achieves Premier Dealer Status

J.D. Power Systems is happy to announce Generac has once again awarded them with the “Premier” dealership status award. This is the highest status a dealership can receive, and is the second consecutive year that J.D. Power Systems has achieved this status.

In order to be designated as a Premier Generac dealer, J.D. Power Systems had to demonstrate a commitment to superior sales, service and training among their employees and in their store. They have established a consistently high sales volume, as well as offer Generac’s full line of portable and home standby generators, parts and service kits in order to offer the best selection for their customers.

J.D. Power Systems also received this designation due to their strong commitment to customer service, evident by their 24-hour emergency customer support, numerous factory trained Sales Professionals on staff, as well as highly trained and certified Service Technicians in house.  J.D. Power Systems has numerous Service Technicians available to perform maintenance, installations and repairs on generators of all sizes.

Only a few dealers in the nation have been named Generac Premier dealers. J.D. Power Systems is proud to offer the full line of Generac residential and commercial products, available in their store in Columbus and Cincinnati as well as many models available for purchase online.

To read J.D. Power Systems 5 start reviews,  use the Generac Dealer Locator tool at www.generac.com.

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Power Outages: What You Need To Know

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Power outages can happen at anytime. We here at JD Power Systems want to make sure you have the resources and information you need to be prepared!

Great reminders here on what you need to do to be ready. Here are two simple steps and some great additional information from FEMA that we know can help you.

1) Take an inventory now of the basic items you need that rely on electricity.

Create an inventory list of the items in your house that need electricity. While you may prefer to write it on paper, consider using an online-based application. Perhaps use the built-in “Notes” app if you have an iPhone. Or, just email yourself the list. This way, you can easily print copies of your inventory list while also maintaining a safe backup.

2) Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.

– For each device, contact the manufacturer, use product information, or consult a medical professional to find out any special requirements for types of batteries and methods for re-charging. If you will need to move to another location if the power is out, ask your local emergency management for local plans.

– Ensure you have extra compatible batteries for any device that can run on battery power. Find out the average battery life for battery-powered devices. Consider getting rechargeable “low self-discharge batteries” or “LSD” batteries and a charger for them. These batteries keep a charge much longer in storage than traditional batteries.

– If you have a car, keep it at least half full of gas and you’ll have a good method for charging devices in an emergency or, if necessary, moving to a location with power. Consider purchasing an inverter and USB car charger. If the car is being used for re-charging devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, as this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

– Consider purchasing hand-crank and solar-powered chargers.

– If you have essential devices or systems that you can’t run using batteries or re-charge if power is out for more than a few days, plan to move temporarily to a location with power or consider purchasing a generator that can run these devices.

Generator and Stove Safety Tips

– Install battery operated carbon monoxide detectors or electric detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and potentially deadly gas.

– Plan to always keep the generator outdoors. Never use a generator, gasoline-powered equipment and tools, grill, camp stove, or charcoal burning device inside or in any partially enclosed area, including a basement or garage. These items should never be used within 20 feet of a window, door, or vent. Use manufacturer’s supplied cords or extension cords that are grounded. The generator should be kept dry; identify a location to keep it protected from weather.

– Do not use a gas oven for heat.

– If your CO alarm sounds, always move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors and call 911 or your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Start Your Inventory List

Food and Water – Storage, Cooking & Safety 

We should all have a backup plan for food and water when the power is out.  Do you have at least a 3 day supply per person of non-perishable food and bottled water? And, do you have a plan to keep food cold or a backup power supply such as a generator to keep a refrigerator/freezer running?

Water & nonperishable food: Keep a minimum 3 day supply per person of water (1 gallon/per person/per day), nonperishable food, and a non-electric can opener in your emergency supply kit.

Refrigerated food: For most standard size refrigerators/freezers, a cool temperature can be maintained for several hours. Keep your refrigerator/freezer closed. For food you need to use, plan on having a cooler with conventional or dry ice available. For both refrigerators and coolers keep a thermometer inside to use to monitor temperature. If you want to store perishable food for several days, you will need to have a generator that meets standards for this purpose. [2]

Safety tips

When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any items that have been exposed to temperatures greater than 40°F for more than two hours. [3]

Cooking: If you have an outdoor grill you can use for cooking, keep an extra propane tank or an extra bag of charcoal. [4] A grill should only be used outdoors. [5]

– Avoid eye or skin contact with dry ice. Never handle dry ice with bare hands. [6]

Communications

How will you communicate and receive information during a power outage? Do you have a backup plan for radio? What type of telephone service and telephones do you have?

Radios: Keep a battery or hand-crank powered radio/NOAA weather radio and backup batteries to receive updates on the outage and related emergency messages.

Phones: Many phones, even some analog phones, require backup power. The length of back-up time varies depending on the battery and on the power to the main system outside the home.

  • Cell phones – Keep extra wall and car chargers for cellphones and backup batteries. Smart phones use more power than old cell phones. Old cell phones can be used for emergency calls if the battery is charged.
  • Traditional Analog copper land line phones: Some analog telephones with traditional copper wires to your home now require power for signal distribution points outside the home.
  • Cordless: Cordless phones require power. Keep a phone that has a cord available for emergencies. Some cordless models are equipped to use a battery pack or batteries for base-power backup.
  • Fiber optic: These bundled (Internet, telephone, and cable) systems delivered by fiber-optic cables require a backup battery unit (BBU) to maintain service during a power outage. BBUs provide telephone service for up to 8 hours depending on the age and efficiency of the battery. BBU batteries are re-chargeable. Store extra BBU batteries. The back-up battery from providers is for voice service and typically does not supply power for Internet or video services. [7]
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) and Internet services: These systems depend on power for Internet service and require an external battery backup for the Internet access system VoIP uses to run. Some VoIP providers prove backup battery options for Internet, but often the consumer is required to buy their own battery backup system for the Internet.

Extreme Heat or Cold

Both extreme heat and extreme cold can be deadly, especially without air conditioning or heat in the home. Where will you go if power is unavailable for a prolonged period in extremely cold or hot weather?

Cold: Keep a sleeping bag or warm blanket and warm clothes for each person in your household if you live in a cold-weather climate.  

Heat: If heat is extreme, go to local cooling centers during the day or move to a location with power. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.

Light

Flashlights and battery powered lamps: Plan on flashlights or lanterns with batteries or crank or solar chargers to be able to have light for both safety and convenience.

Flooding – Sump Pumps

Sump Pumps: Install battery operated backup for your sump pump. In some cases, a portable or built-in generator may be required. Do not plug the sump pump into the cord from the generator while standing in the flood water.

Medical Devices, Assistive Devices, and Medicine

If you or anyone in your household depends on medical devices that are powered by electricity, this is a first priority. Talk to your medical equipment company to find out what will happen to your equipment during a power outage:

  • Can a power surge cause my device to stop working? If yes, what type of surge protector do I need?
  • Does my device have a back-up system? If so, how long will it operate and where is it located?
  • Can my device operate on another power source? If yes, what type?
  • How long will my device work if it does not have power?
  • How is my device affected by changes in temperature?
  • How do I switch my device from electric power to battery power? [8]
  • Medical and assistive devices that need power: Determine how to keep each necessary medical device running. Some devices can use specific back up batteries (e.g. some C-PAP machines), some can run on or be charged by a generator planned for that use (wheelchairs, dialysis), and some may require a plan to move to a location with power if the outage lasts several days. Manual alternatives may be available for some devices. Ask your medical provider. You can visit the HHS emPOWER Map with NOAA severe weather tracking services to identify if you may be at risk for power outages: http://www.phe.gov/empowermap/Pages/default.aspx.

What about medicines that require refrigeration?

Drugs that require refrigeration: Check the manufacturer’s label and contact your doctor or pharmacist for guidance. Ask what temperature is required to ensure safe use. If the temperature isn’t maintained, is it still effective or safe to use, or should it be thrown out? You can maintain temperatures for several hours by keeping medications in a closed refrigerator or cooler. Monitor the temperature of refrigerator or cooler with a thermometer until power is restored. [9]

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J.D. Power Systems Technician Earns Top Accreditation

Congratulations to Ben Caterer for recently earning his EGSA Certification. Ben has been with J.D. Power Systems for years and we are proud to have him as a member of our team.

Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) it is the world’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to On-Site Power Generation. It is made up of over 800 companies, manufacturers, manufacturer’s representatives, distributors, contractors, engineers, service firms, end users and others around the world that sell, make , and distribute Power Equipment. Generators, Engines, Switch Gear, Controls, Voltage Regulators, Governors and more. The EGSA puts technicians through rigorous testing en route to certification by their organization. Their training program identifies technicians who not only have a broad knowledge of electricity, mechanical and electrical components and the interaction between them, but are also proficient in the installation, service, maintenance, and repair of on-site power generation systems.

EGSA Certification puts Ben into an elite group of equipment technicians. It is the top ranking a Generator Service Technician can achieve.

Ben is one example of fully trained service technicians, licensed electricians, and piping engineers, who are equipped with a fleet of fully stocked service vehicles and an ample inventory of service parts. With J.D. Power Systems you can rest assured that our experts are prepared to install and service your power system.

As your single-source power provider, J.D. Power Systems sells, installs, and maintains quality power generators for your residential, commercial, and industrial needs. For homeowners, we’re with you every step of the way. By taking advantage of our turnkey program, we will help you select the proper generator, schedule installation with our installers, and customize your future maintenance plan with our technicians. For commercial and industrial requirements, our design build approach will help you select the right generator based upon specifications tailored to your individual needs. Request a quote today and experience the J.D. Power Systems advantage.

 

 

 

 

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Storm Damage and Trees : Tree Care Tips

During a storm, the failure of part or all of one mature tree may cause significant damage to your property. This video show ways to get things back in order after a storm damages your tree.

Assess the Damages Evaluate your trees carefully For assistance in evaluating tree damage, contact a professional arborist.

Take Safety Precautions It is important to consider the potential hazards associated with working on and around storm-damaged trees. Storm-damaged trees may be in contact with electrical wires; direct or indirect contact can cause electrocution. Broken limbs dangling overhead in trees or on roofs may fall. Trees and limbs under tension may react unexpectedly when cut. Removing trees or branches in close proximity to electrical lines or structures requires knowledge and experience. Mistakes can be costly, causing property damage, injury, or death.

Resist the Urge to Do It Yourself You may be tempted to begin clean up and remove downed limbs and debris yourself. If large limbs are broken or hanging, or if above-ground chain saw work is needed, it’s a job for a professional arborist. Consider hiring an ISA Certified Arborist.

Preventive Tree Care Preventive tree care may include: Training young trees to improve their form. Identifying branch, trunk, and root defects that may weaken a tree, and recommending ways to manage them. Removing dead or defective branches. Correcting problems caused by improper care practices, such as topping, that have occurred in the past. For more information about proper tree care visit TreesAreGood.org.

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JD Power Systems Open House, August 30

We’re having an Open House at our store to kick off fall tailgating season!

Stop by Friday, August 30 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and get your generator in time for tailgating season!

Highlights from the event will include:

  • Free Flyer’s Pizza for lunch and City BBQ for dinner
  • Free lemonade, chocolate-covered cheesecake and bananas from Maggie’s Lemonade Stand all day
  • Craig Krenzel on-hand for a Meet and Greet!
  • Chainsaw carving demonstrations
  • Corn Hole contest
  • Register to win a portable generator
  • All attendees receive a free item — come see which item you’ve won!
  • Lots of deep discounts and one-day only coupons — see below for some of the coupons

All taking place at our JD Power Systems store, located at 4000 Gantz Rd, Suite A, Grove City, OH 43123. Call 614-317-9394 for more information.

 

JDPS open house coupons

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