Power Outage Safety

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, May 02, 2018

Usually power outages do not last long, but you want to be prepared if one does. They have been known to happen for days, sometimes even weeks. Power outages are usually cause by damage during bad weather. We will go over what to do before, during, and after a power outage.

BEFORE
-Make sure you have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, batteries, cash, and all your first aid supplies
-Make sure you have a wireless charger for your cellular devices
-Start to charge any devices you may need in general
-If you have a garage, know how to operate the door it manually
-Get coolers and ice so you can keep your food cold
-Fill up your gas tank in your vehicle
-Gather any kind of night lights that are battery operated
-Get out blankets and warm clothing if it is in the winter time
-Install surge protectors in your outlets to prevent damage to your electronics
-Purchase a generator but be sure to consult your electrician beforehand
-Create a family plan so that everyone is on the same page during the power outage
-Make an emergency contact list and put it somewhere you will have easy access to
-Sign up for emergency service text messages
-Talk to your electric company about what to expect during a power outage

DURING
-Do not use candles for lighting as they can cause fires. If that is your only source of lighting, than use caution
-Make sure you keep your refrigerator closed. Food can stay cold for quite a few hours as well as the freezer, lasting about 48 hours
-Leave the house and go somewhere cool if it is hot in your house
-Make sure to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration
-Layer your clothing if it is cold outside to keep you warm
-Make sure all appliances are dissconneted and unplugged
-Use your generator, but keept it out of your garage and home
-Use the family communication plan that you prepared before hand

AFTER
-Be sure to clean out your fridge if your could not keep the items cold. If you are not sure - just throw it out to be safe
-If you have any medications that are to be kept in the fridge, contact your doctor before continuing taking it
-Close the drain valve in the basement
-Restock your emergency kit incase your have another power outage
-Reset your clocks, automatic timers, and alarms
-Do know go into a flooded room in case there's power connected
-Be sure to give the electrical system a chance to stabilize before reconnecting tools and appliances

To learn how to build an emergency kit visit: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Resources:
https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

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