County residents consider other means for electricity in case of another blackout

Some residents are thinking of how to better prepare in case of another blackout.

For business owners, generators played a key role in helping them stay afloat during the blackout of 2003. The owner of a Carvel store in Yorktown quickly ran out to buy one in order to keep his business from melting away. That has some homeowners considering whether using a generator would be good for them.

Audrey Tandy, of Cortlandt, says she thinks it would be useful. Since she didn't have one last Thursday, she says she went out and bought as much ice as possible to try and keep things fresh.

While having a generator for a home sounds like a great idea, it could be dangerous. Electrician Joseph Covais warns that hooking up a generator to a home could be hazardous if it is not done properly. He says a generator needs to be plugged into the proper box and should really be done by a licensed electrician.

Anyone interested in purchasing a generator should keep in mind that it costs anywhere from a few hundred dollars to as much as several thousand dollars.

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