Summer is usually one of the most exciting seasons that we all look forward to all year. Only until we have to deal with frequent power outages… Don’t you agree? Sometimes even the shortest blackout can cause major repercussions to a single household or a whole community. That is why it’s so crucial to be prepared for any power shortages beforehand. If you’re not sure what to do when the lights go out, we got you covered! Here’s your ultimate emergency guide to help you figure out what to do before and during the power outages.
How to Prepare for Power Outages:
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
- Make a list of all the items in your house that rely on electricity.
- Stock up on batteries and light alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out. Invest in a backup generator to instantly power your whole house.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup. Make sure to cover central locations on all levels of your house.
- Always have enough nonperishable food and water in stock.
- Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged at all times (including backups). Don’t forget about filling up your gas tank.
What to Do During Power Outages:
- Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary.
- Use generators outdoors only and away from windows.
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
- Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer to determine the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
- Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home!
- Check on neighbors.
- If safe, find another location for heat or cooling.
For more information, check out this guide from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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