With these November storms blowing through Washington lately, a portable generator for your home could come in handy!
Extreme weather makes portable generators a hit
Homeowners around the nation have endured a nasty run of power-disrupting storms, and sales of portable power generators have been brisk, according to one manufacturer, Briggs & Stratton Corp.
In some places, the drone of generators is becoming as common during blackouts as lawn mowers are on summer Saturdays.
“I think we’ve gotten into a pattern of more severe weather events, whether it’s snow or ice or rain or wind, you’re just losing power,” said Kris Kiser, who heads the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, a trade group. “And I think people are more comfortable now with, ‘Hey, my neighbor has this generator and maybe I should try it next year.’ ”