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Power Outage

Preparing for power outages

  • Make sure your emergency supply kit is stocked.
  • Charge cellphones and other electronic devices.
  • Stock up on ice and coolers.
  • Fill sinks, tubs and other clean containers with water for drinking and hygiene.
  • Have extra cash on hand, since ATMs may not work during an extended power outage.

After the power goes out

  • Don’t light candles – use flashlights instead.
  • Contact your local utility company, especially if power lines are down in your area.
  • Pack your refrigerator with blocks of ice, set it to maximum cold and keep the door shut.
  • Turn off and unplug appliances and electronics to avoid damage from a power surge when the power comes back on.
  • Leave on one light so you’ll know when the power’s back on.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel – traffic lights could be out and power lines could be down.

Generator safety

  • Only use one that’s been properly installed and ventilated.
  • Maintain plenty of airflow space around the unit.
  • Never use one indoors or near windows, vents or air intakes that could allow carbon monoxide to come inside.
  • When using an emergency electric generator, get fresh air immediately if you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded.