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Top Tips to Safely Survive a Power Outage

No one can predict when a power outage will occur and how long it will last. But, you can make sure you are prepared should your area expereience a long term power failure. Protect your family during and after extended power outages by following these helpful steps.

During an Outage
 
  • Keep your refrigerator doors closed. Conserve energy and keep your food colder longer by minimizing how often you open your fridge doors.
  • Use a flashlight. Make sure you have enough batteries stocked and only use candles for light when absolutely necessary. 
  • Always use generators outdoors. Carbon Monoxide (CO) from engine exhaust is dangerous. Only use your generator outdoors, far away from any window or doors that could let CO into your home. 
  • Keep cool by closing your blinds. During warm weather, keeping your curtains and blinds closed is the best way to keep your home cool while the power is out. 
  • Leave one light turned on. Use this light to tell when utility power comes back on.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel. Traffic lights will likely be out, and emergency services will likely be very busy. It is safest to stay in your home during an outage. 

When power returns, you make need to take steps to ensure your family's safety.
 
  • When it doubt, throw it out. Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two or more hours.
  • Check on neighbors. Make sure your neighbors are safe after a power outage, and ask them in advance to do the same to you.
  • Plug appliances back in. When safe, plug in electronics and appliances and check to make sure they work properly. 

Protect Your Power

A home standby generator is a great way to protect your electronics and appliances when a power outage strikes. A FREE in-home consultation is great way to start protecting your power.