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
- Emergency Contact Information
- 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.