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Home electrical outages are common, yet can sometimes be a real issue. While homeowners have little control of the electrical grid, they should educate themselves more about outages to act appropriately if an outage occurs. In total, there are three main types of outages: blackouts, brownouts, and permanent faults. While the sources of these outages may vary, they are typically due to severe weather like hurricanes, blizzards, lightning, and heat waves. Although sometimes, animals and human error are to blame for outages.

Key Takeaways:

  • As most people have no control over power outages, it’s important to understand the source of the outage to take proper action.
  • There are three main types of power outages: blackouts, brownouts, and permanent faults, the latter typically caused by a downed power line.
  • The number one cause of power outages is severe weather like lightning storms, blizzards, and heat waves.

“In this post, we’re going to explain in more depth the types of power outages and their sources.”

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