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Don’t Get Caught Off Guard When Severe Weather Is On Its Way


It seems like every year, more and more hurricanes are coming to shore. It’s not just about the number of storms; it’s about the severity of them. Category 3 and 4 hurricanes continue to set records and cause billions of dollars in damage.

Although more people are taking these storms seriously and preparing, a recent poll showed that at least 75% of people wished they had been more prepared. 52% wanted more food and water; 47% desired flashlights, batteries and phone chargers; and 66% wished they had backup power for their home.

People who were polled said that 50% had to leave their homes for over a week and stay in a hotel with an average cost of close to $600. A significant 66% wished they had backup power for their home. Now as much as a hurricane can cause damage to your home or business, it’s the emotional damage that genuinely takes a toll.

So what can you do to stay ahead of the storm and be better prepared?

Gather your family and sit them down and put together a plan for severe weather. Follow these three steps to make sure your family can be as prepared as possible.

  1. Prepare a disaster kit for every member of your family. Not just the adults, but for your kids and pets. Adults should keep a separate kit in the car and the kids should have an extra kit for school. In the kit should be bottled water, perishable food, medication and a flashlight with current batteries.
  2. Find out if you’re in a flood zone; if so, make sure you get insurance as soon as you can, as the policy takes about 30 days to go into effect.
  3. The number one cause of power outages in the country is due to weather. Install a backup generator or have your existing one serviced to make sure you can keep your sump pumps and refrigerators running. Although having a portable generator is handy, having a home standby generator turns on automatically when the power goes out.

Don’t let these storms get the better of you. Prepare yourself and your family by following these steps. If you need advice, assistance or to have a generator installed, please contact us.

Power Outage Tips for Small Businesses

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In Louisiana, we all know that power outages are very likely because of the frequent hurricanes that take place along our coasts and shorelines. According to Agility Recovery, 70 percent of businesses or organizations will face a power outage within the next 12 months.

In today’s world, (almost) everything is reliant on electricity and many small businesses are unable to continue operating without power. If you own a business in Louisiana, you should be aware of the certain challenges your business is likely to face. Although small businesses should have a power-outage preparedness strategy in case of a power outage, we’ve put together a few tips to consider if a power outage threatens the continuity of your business.

Call Utility & Report The Power Outage

Immediately after you notice there is an outage, your utility needs to know when and where it occurred. Since the utility company owns and operates the wires that bring electricity into your business, this means they are the first people you should contact to report a power outage in your area. While a severe storm or event with widespread power interruption should be recognized on the utility provider’s monitoring system, we still advise you to report outages. 

If you think you or your employees are in danger, call 911.

Use Backup Power

If your business loses power, make sure you use a standby or backup power sources for emergency power. Always read and follow all manufacturer operating instructions. Also note that you should only use these generators in well-ventilated areas. That’s because generators can be a major cause of fatal carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause loss of consciousness and even death. 

If your business is interested in getting a generator professionally installed, learn more about our generators and power solutions.

Equipment Safety 101

In the event of a power outage, it is important to unplug or turn off all electrical equipment, such as computers and televisions to prevent damage from electrical surges or spikes when power is eventually restored. Your circuits could overload when power returns if all your electrical items are on. We recommend that you leave one light on to indicate that power is back on.

GAGE provides standby power solutions for your home or business. For more information on our generators and general power services, visit here today or give us a call at 225.753.4243.

The Difference Between Standby and Portable Generators

Standby Generators and Portable Generators

As hurricane season makes its way, it’s important that we take the proper precautions to protect our homes and businesses from power outages. At Gage, we offer the latest technology that ensures power to keep things running. 

Whether you’re a recent customer or a returning one, Gage understands that buying a generator is an investment; and we want to guarantee your highest satisfaction if you intend to purchase one of our products.

How Do Generators Work?

Generators conduct electricity by converting mechanical or chemical energy into electrical energy. This process requires the generator to harness kinetic energy (motion) and translate it into electrical energy by conducting electrons from its external source through its electrical circuit. You should never run your generator indoors, same as your vehicle, the engine exhaust will create a poisonous atmosphere of carbon monoxide. There are two types of generators: portable generators and standby generators.

Portable Generators

Although these models are cheaper than your standard standby generator, they have a higher potential to be hazardous. It is best to store them away carefully when not in use because natural elements will cause deterioration. In the event of a power outage, portable models require manual setup.

While in use, these models need to be secured with its designated weather-cover or a free-standing canopy; when contacted with water, these generators can cause electrical shocks or fires. Because of high volumes of carbon monoxide, it’s vital that you position your model at least 20 feet away from your house.

Most portable generators don’t produce enough power for an entire house, using electronics that require a high voltage could induce fried circuits. However, when they are properly connected to a circuit breaker with a transfer switch, they can almost power a house as much as a standby generator. The downside is that they require sizable amounts of gasoline mixed with fuel stabilizer during a lengthy power outage.

Standby Generators (Stationary Generators)

A technician will permanently install a standby generator with an insulated, weatherproof makeup that muffles undesirable noise and withstands any storm without covering. They eliminate the hassle of manual installation and startup. 

One of the major benefits of these models is that they’re self-starting immediately after a power outage. And they’re much less likely to fry any electronics. They can also power your entire house or building, and because they run on natural gas or propane, they can conduct power for days or weeks on a full tank. Mostly, standby generators are risk-free and arguably worth the price. 

Gage has the power to be your next solution. In helping to decide which generator would serve you best, we are here to assist you with choosing the right one. We want to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have.

For more information on generator maintenance or to find out about purchase and installation contact Gage today: https://www.gagetelephone.com/product/power/

Five Tips to Ensure Your Business is Protected Through a Power Outage

Tips During Power Outage

For some companies, uninterrupted electricity is critical to their ability to serve their customers. Even more so now for organizations like water plants, data centers, hospitals, greenhouses and any facility producing personal protective equipment (PPE’s) due to the pandemic. 

At Gage, we offer backup generators and power systems that protect these business operations that are vital to our daily lives. We have five practical maintenance tips for the performance of these essential power systems – these tips are to be done in addition to any regularly scheduled maintenance or upkeep.

Regular Engine Exercise 

Start your engine once a month and let it run for a minimum of 30 minutes loaded to no less than one-third of the nameplate rating. This is helpful for using the fuel before it deteriorates, preventing oxidation of electrical contacts and for keeping the engine parts lubricated. Since unburned fuel tends to accumulate in the exhaust system, avoid periods of no-load operation. Consider conducting a test with your facility’s load by simulating a power outage, or alternatively use a load bank during testing.

Fuel Levels and Quality

First, to ensure you have enough fuel to operate as needed, check the main and day tank fuel levels. Tighten clamps as needed and check for leaks, cracks or loose connections. As the fuel level within the day tank drops, the day tank float switch ensures the day tank is getting fueled from the main tank. Check to be sure this is working properly. If needed, drain any water or sediments from the fuel system. Diesel fuel is at risk of contamination when stored; exercising the generator set regularly is how you can prevent this risk. You can also consider fuel polishing and tank cleaning if necessary to ensure fuel quality has not degraded significantly.

Sufficiently Charged Batteries

One of the most common causes of power system failure is weak or undercharged starting batteries. Make sure the terminal connections are tight and clear of corrosion. You can clean corrosion at the terminals with a solution of water and baking soda. Finally, check the specific gravity and the electrolyte level. Charge the battery if the specific battery reading is below 1.215. If the electrolyte levels are low, fill the battery cells with distilled water. Replace the battery every three years.

Transfer Equipment Inspection

Generally, there is limited maintenance required on transfer switch equipment. First, the control switches need to be in the proper (AUTOMATIC) position and all indication lamps should be in proper working order. Circuit breakers and fuses should be free of corrosion or dirt. Be sure to test the transfer switches at least once a month especially if your facility is required to be NFPA 110 compliant.

Visual Inspections Conducted Daily

Taking a regular walk around your power system on a daily basis will help in preventing issues that could lead to property damage, personal injury or loss of life. This is a guide on what to check at a minimum:

  • Check that coolant and oil levels are satisfactory
  • Check for leakages, loose or broken parts or debris
  • Check the engine coolant heater operation. The jacket water heaters may not be working properly if the engine block is not warm to the touch. This would make the engine starting a challenge.
  • Make sure nothing is stored on top or around the generator. The area around the generator needs to stay clear.
  • The automatic transfer switches and generator switch need to stay locked.


For more information on generator maintenance or to find out about purchase and installation contact Gage today: https://www.gagetelephone.com/product/power/.

4 Things that Set Cummins Generators Apart

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GAGE is proud to offer a product line like Cummins that provides efficient, fully-integrated power generation systems built for reliability in uncertain circumstances. From homes to office buildings and medical facilities, their power generation products inspire confidence and keep the lights on. What sets Cummins generators apart?


// Fuel Consumption

Cummins fuel consumption beats other competitors in the market, and their crank only exercise mode feature helps to save fuel.

// Load Management

Cummins intelligent load management system is integrated, smart, faster than competitors and economical for customers.

// Noise Levels

Cummins has designed and tested their generators for minimal noise in the Cummins Acoustical Testing Center, the largest sound testing facility in the industry, resulting in super-quiet operation, perfect for residential neighborhoods.

// Remote Monitoring

Cummins ConnectCloud is integrated into the generator at no additional cost and able to be remotely controlled and monitored from an Apple or Android app.


Gage is an Authorized Partner of Cummins Power Generation Systems. If you’re in the market for a home or commercial generator, schedule an appointment with a GAGE representative today to develop a custom solution tailored for you.

4 Reasons to Consider a Standby Generator

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While many know about standby generators, there are still a lot of questions about how they work, how much they cost, and whether or not they are worth it. At the very least, power outages can be a minor inconvenience, but for many individuals and business owners alike, they can create very difficult and even dangerous situations. Besides the obvious benefit of immediate power restoration, what can backup power with a standby generator do for your home or business?


// Protect your investments

While the first thing many people think about when it comes to generators is how costly they can be, we would argue that the cost of not owning one could quickly add up to just as much if not more. With an extended power outage, your property could undergo significant damages that could result in costly remedies such as mold mitigation; and if you’re a business owner, you already know how impactful loss of business could be.

// Fuss-free upkeep

Unlike portable generators, standby generators do not operate on external fuel tanks that need to be kept full and fresh. In fact, most options will connect directly to your gas line and won’t require any work at all for you to ensure it’s always accessible and ready when you need it. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning or electrocution risks often associated with the running and maintaining a portable generator.

// Keep your home safe

The value of installing a permanent standby generator is clear – you want to ensure that your family, property, or business can remain as safe and comfortable as possible in the event of a natural disaster. Uninterrupted power will ensure that your security system continues to protect your property even during an extended power outage. And if a family member has a medical situation, a standby generator could be critical to their continued care.

// Increase your property value

Standby generators are a permanent upgrade to your home, and buyers will be sure to take note. Statistics show you will likely recoup 54% of the cost of a standby generator within a year, but in addition to this, prospective buyers will see this as a notable differentiator and added benefit that your property is already equipped to make their lives smoother in the event of a power outage.

A power outage this hurricane season does not have to put your home or business in the dark. More than anything, the right standby generator for your needs can bring you peace of mind in an otherwise difficult situation. We’re here to help you make the right decision for your business or family. Learn more about our standby generator services, or contact us for a free site evaluation for your home or business in Baton Rouge, LA and the surrounding areas.

Protect Your Pets: Before, During & After a Storm

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Now that we are officially in hurricane season, there is no better time to begin preparing for the possible disruptions extreme weather can cause. You may already have the basic necessities stored away and your documents and photos easily accessible, but have you considered making preparations for your pets as well? We all love our animal companions, but during the 2017 hurricane season, countless pets were abandoned or lost in the chaos. Consider your pet’s safety as you prepare this year – before, during and after a storm.

Before the Storm:

Assemble an emergency kit in case you need to evacuate your home, just like you would for yourself and your family. In the kit, include care items such as:

  • Sufficient food and water for at least a week
  • A photo with your pet, paperwork, or any other identifying documents you may have that may serve as proof of ownership if they end up missing. If your pet is microchipped, make sure their information and tags are up-to-date.
  • A copy of any medical and vaccination records you have, as well as a current rabies vaccination tag
  • Likewise, be sure to gather any medication your pet may be on.
  • Create a home away from home for them: gather a sturdy yet comfortable carrier, along with some comfort items like a favorite toy or cozy blanket.
  • Don’t forget small care necessities, like a leash, collar or harness, and waste bags or litter box.

If you will be riding out the storm out at home, keep in mind that severe weather can lead to power outages that can last for days or even weeks at a time. You may want to consider installing a standby generator – a backup power supply that can help provide comfort and safety inside your home even if the power goes out.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to research local shelters that allow pets, and even contact them in advance about pre-registration or any special requirements for pets so you’re not left scrambling at the last minute.

During the Storm:

  • Keep pets away from floodwaters – do not let them play, swim or drink, as there can be harmful bacteria and toxins.
  • In fact, be sure to bring your pets inside before the storm begins and keep them there as long as possible.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing a securely-fastened collar with their most current identification information. If you need to evacuate, it’s a good idea to also include the phone number and address of your temporary shelter.
  • Just as you would with small children, try to remain calm, as pets can be very intuitive and sense your fear. Keeping calm will help your pets stay calm as well.

After the Storm:

  • Even after the storm has passed, do not let pets roam freely. Continue to keep them away from lingering floodwaters, as well as any other hazardous debris on the ground.
  • If your pet was lost or alone at any point during the storm, check them thoroughly for injuries, and treat any minor wounds immediately. If you are unsure, take them to a veterinarian for evaluation.
  • If you sustained damage to your home or the surrounding areas, your pet may be disoriented. Keep them on a leash until they are able to reorient themselves.
  • However, the best way to help your pet recover is to resume your normal routine as quickly as possible!

Everyone, including your pet, wants to feel as comfortable and safe as possible during the uncertain times of severe weather. Always be prepared and have peace of mind for yourself, your family, and your pets.

Source: Cummins Newsroom, June 20, 2018

Never lose power.

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A power outage can cause huge financial losses for your business and major inconveniences at home… unless you’re prepared. A standby generator ensures that your power will stay on constantly — no matter what.

Business Continuity – A power blackout doesn’t have to put you in the red. Your business can go uninterrupted during inclement weather, power outages and just about anything else. Imagine what that can mean for your company. No need to worry about losing server access, halting projects, or missing out on new business. A standby generator provides redundant power that benefits both you and your clients.

Residential Peace of Mind – Even when the power goes out, life can still go on. A power outage at home could mean major financial loss. It can take away your comfort, create unsafe situations and even impact a medical situation. Protect your family and household with the reliable, continuous power of a standby generator.

Gage is an Authorized Dealer of Cummins commercial and residential standby generators, providing a permanent power solution for your home or business. Schedule an appointment with a Gage representative today to develop a custom solution tailored for you.