Safety and Preparation

Be Prepared

It is important to be prepared for loss of power to your home.  Here are some things you should keep on hand to make dealing with a loss of power more comfortable.

  • Bottled water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Flashlights and fresh batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Non-perishable foods and a handheld can opener
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Battery operated radio
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Baby food, diapers, formula, wipes
  • Extra blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toiletries
  • Emergency Contact Information

Stay Safe

  • Stay clear of downed power lines.  Treat any downed lines as if they are energized.
  • If you are using a generator be sure it is properly installed so it does not back feed on our system.  If it back feeds, lines that are thought to be de-energized could pose the threat of bodily harm or death to anyone who comes in contact with the line.
  • Stay clear of electrical equipment when there is standing water such as a flooded basement.
  • Turn off electric ovens, ranges or space heaters that may have been in use with the outage occurred.
  • Unplug sensitive home electronics that could suffer damage when power is restored.
  • Avoid using candles as the risk of fire is greater should the candle be knocked over accidentally.  As a creative alternative, use outdoor solar lights inside.  These can be placed in vases throughout your home to provide additional lighting.
  • The food in your refrigerator and freezer will stay cooler longer if you keep the doors closed.  Check your appliance manual for specific times, but as a general rule, a closed refrigerator can keep food safe for up to 2 hours.  If the door remains closed and the freezer is full, frozen foods can last up to 2 days.