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Power Outage Safety Tips

If the power goes out, know what steps to take to be comfortable and safe.

  • Use flashlights. Avoid using candles, they are fire hazards.
  • Report your power outage to your utility company.
  • Turn off major appliances. The water heater and heating system breakers need to be turned off to avoid overloading your circuits when the power is restored. Unplug any voltage-sensitive equipment.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food in a refrigerator will last 12 to 24 hours if the doors are kept closed. A full freezer can last 24 to 48 hours. Helpful Hint: You can drape a sleeping bag over your refrigerator or freezer for added insulating value in case of an extended power outage.
  • Listen to radio reports. Keep either a battery operated or battery free (hand crank) radio on hand for emergencies. During an extended outage, please listen to the local radio stations for updates and information.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, grills, and similar items outdoors only.

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