No power, no prob­lem for Bay Roberts cou­ple

Back-up gen­er­a­tor helped Ron and Velma Dawe stay warm, com­fort­able dur­ing black­out

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Bay Roberts res­i­dent Ron Dawe stands next to his gen­er­a­tor at his home on Tren­chard's Lane in the com­mu­nity.

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