Power outages seem to catch us off guard at the most inconvenient times. They are usually a short-term problem, but they can last for days or even weeks in extreme cases. Outages can disrupt community services and impact essential parts of your home. Prepare to make light of a dark situation, and know what to do to stay safe before and during a power outage.
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- Stock up on nonperishable food and water. Refrigerators will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for up to 48 hours. Keep the freezer and refrigerator closed.
- Keep batteries and other alternative power sources like a power bank to meet your needs when the power goes out. Don’t forget flashlights in your emergency kit.
- Only use generators, camp stoves, and grills outdoors and away from windows to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
If safe, go to a community location with power.