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Tip of the Week: Power Outages


Before and during the power outage:

  • Make an emergency kit with food and water that will last for about 48 hours, also have a first aid kit. Power packs for charging devices like cell phones will be a terrific addition to the kit also.
  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires. Make sure to have spare batteries.
  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows. Make sure to use proper extension cords.
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations open near you.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Call the utility company to report the outage if there are wires down call 911 to report them down. STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWN WIRES DO NOT TOUCH THEM AND ASSUME THAT THEY ARE ENERGIZED.

Once the power is restored

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for two hours or more. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications that may have been stored out of temperature range.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, food, and other supplies.


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