Snow, freezing rain, high winds, hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, winter storms, and earthquakes can result in power outages. In some cases, a power outage can last for days or weeks, depending on the extent of the damage. Therefore, no matter where you live, you’re not immune to power outages, so it’s best to be prepared so you’re not caught off guard on the day of the outage.
Why The Need To Prepare?
As a community, we rely on electricity for heating, cooling, food, drinking water, medical care, communication, and many other things. Power outages are especially dangerous during extremely cold temperatures or extremely hot temperatures. Those who use medical devices that rely on electricity may also be at risk during power outages. By preparing for power outages, you can minimize their impact and keep your family safe. Here are a few steps you can take short of getting an electrical inspection.
Prepare in Advance
Be Sure You’re Ready. That Simply Means:
Prepare Your Home
If you are preparing for an impending storm that will cause power outages, consider these additional tips:
When the power’s out, do not panic. Instead, remember to do the following tips:
Make sure you are up-to-date on local weather reports, as well as any notifications you receive by phone, television or radio. You may be notified of a planned power outage by utility officials. Also, if local alerts and warning systems are available, sign up for them so that they will notify you by phone or text message.
Tell the people in your network that you are OK, check to see if they are OK, and ask one another for help if you need it.
Fresh, perishable foods should be eaten first. To maintain cold temperatures, avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer. Food will stay cold for about four hours if the refrigerator is not opened. In a full freezer, the temperature will remain at the desired level for about 48 hours. You can use ice in coolers if necessary. Check the food temperature in your refrigerator and freezer with a thermometer. Discard any food that is warmer than 40 degrees F.
Make sure all electronics and appliances are unplugged to prevent power surges and overloads. Use flashlights instead of candles. Do not turn off the utilities unless you suspect damage or a local official instructs you to do so. Gas can only be turned on by a qualified individual. If any circuit breakers have been tripped, contact an electrician to inspect them before turning them on.
Don’t use a gas stove to heat your home and do not use outdoor stoves indoors for heating or cooking. If using a generator, keep it outside in a well-ventilated area away from windows.
Evacuate if your home is too hot or too cold, or if you have medical devices that need power. Communities often provide warming or cooling centers and power charging stations.
Your power might be restored, but you shouldn’t be careless to roam around your house. Instead;
Other Tips You Must Keep in Mind During Power Outage
If you believe someone has been electrocuted take the following steps:
Downed Power Pole and Power Lines
When a power line falls on your car, you should remain in the vehicle. It is the safest place to be. Don’t let anyone touch the vehicle or the line. Contact the local utility company and emergency services for assistance.
You should only leave a car that is in contact with a downed power line if it catches fire. You should open the door. Do not get out of the car. You might get shocked. You should instead jump out of the car so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground. As soon as you clear the car, shuffle at least 50 feet away from the vehicle with both feet on the ground.
During any type of power line emergency, dial 911 or call your electric utility company’s customer service center or dispatch office immediately. Do not try to help someone else from the car while you are standing on the ground.
When natural disasters like hurricanes and floods strike, gasoline may not be available prior to, during, and after. Occasionally, people might want to put gasoline from one container into another container if they do not have enough gasoline. This can be accomplished by siphoning. Siphoning can be harmful to your health. Do not attempt to siphon gasoline. This can result in serious injury or illness.
Possible injuries and illnesses from any form of siphoning include:
Other possible injuries and illnesses from siphoning when you use your mouth for suction include:
People at work may suffer electrical or traumatic injuries as power lines are re-energized and equipment is reactivated following an outage. Employers and employees are recommended to be aware of those risks and take preventive measures if they are in contact with or close to power lines, electrical components, or moving parts of heavy machinery.
The best way to survive a power outage is to avoid it altogether. A home generator can keep your heat and lights on during emergency outages, which can save you a lot of time and stress.
Nonetheless, NEVER run a generator inside your home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Power outages can be a hassle, but there are ways to make the best out of a bad situation. To minimize inconvenience and safety risks, it’s always best to prepare for power outages in advance. This way you will be able to weather any storm with confidence.
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