While the meteorologist can make predictions, we don’t know for sure what Mother Nature may bring. With that in mind, it is important to understand that a power outage can occur any time or anywhere. Here are some tips that you can use to prepare for a power outage, as well as what to do during one.
- Fill plastic containers with water and put them in the refrigerator and freezer to take up empty space. The chilled water will help the refrigerator or freezer stay cold longer.
- Medications requiring refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours, you can verify how long with your practitioner or pharmacist.
- Remember gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps, so it is a good idea to keep your car’s tank at least half full.
- Know how to use the release for your electric garage door opener, and if the door is heavy, you may want help lifting it.
- Keep a spare key to your home with you if your primary way to get into your house is through the garage.
- Use flashlights for emergency lighting. Do not risk a fire by using candles.
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed to keep food as fresh as possible.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances and electronics to prevent damage from power surges when the power does come back on.
- If you have a generator, be sure it was installed by a qualified electrician and do not run it in the home or garage, or near windows or doors.
- Keep up-to-date by listening to a battery operated radio.
- Leave one light on so that you know when the power has returned.
- Have a telephone that does not require electricity to operate.
- Do not call 9-1-1 for information; this is only for life-threatening emergencies.
- If it is cold out, keep warm by putting on layers of warm clothing; consider going somewhere where the heat is working. If it is warm out, wear light clothing and consider going somewhere where the AC is working to cool off.
- Do not travel unless it is necessary; remember traffic signals may not be working.
Here are some links to websites with helpful information:
The American Red Cross