No power, no problem for Bay Roberts couple
Back-up generator helped Ron and Velma Dawe stay warm, comfortable during blackout
When Ron Dawe of Bay Roberts lost his power last winter, he knew he was not going to be caught without it again.
“I said, ‘that’s it, I’m getting a generator,’” Dawe said on Sunday, Jan. 5, the day after a provincewide power outage sent residents scrambling.
Shortly after, the 75-year-old bought a Champion 3,000-watt portable generator and installed a panel that allowed him to run the furnace, lights and other amenities during an emergency.
That’s why when the province was plunged into darkness on Jan. 4, Ron and his wife Velma continued to live in relative comfort.
“We have an electric kettle, so we could boil the kettle if we wanted,” he said.
With the flick of a switch, Ron has gas generated power running through his home.
“I mean, you’re warm and you’re comfortable,” he said.
“Your fridge is going, and you’re deep freeze, so you don’t have to worry about your food going bad,” added Velma.
Prior to the storm, Ron made sure to purchase a stockpile of gasoline.
While Ron and Velma had some power, there were other ways to beat the biting cold that saw temperatures drop to sub-zero.
In many areas of town, the hum of generators could be heard, while others turned to wood stoves in an attempt to keep warm.
For a couple on a fixed income, Ron’s generator set-up cost some $500. It is an inexpensive way to keep warm and avoid the need to evacuate their homestead during a short-term crisis.
“I recommend the generator to anyone,” said Velma. “We had talked about it for years but never got one.” “It certainly helps in a storm,” added Ron. One retai ler in Carbonear last week described the demand for generators as “extreme,” and noted that three future shipments were already spoken for.
Bay Roberts resident Ron Dawe stands next to his generator at his home on Trenchard's Lane in the community.