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What to Do During A Power Outage

Electrical storms can be as damaging as they are terrifying. In an electricity-based world, everything can come screeching to a halt if our electric system is interrupted. Here are some tips to stay safe before, during, and after power outages caused by strong storms or accidents.

Before

If you suspect that a strong storm is on its way to your town, there are several steps you can take to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe:

  • Have a few inexpensive coolers on hand in case of a prolonged blackout
    • This will keep the food in your fridge safe longer, and help you avoid costly food replenishment
    • Keep at least half a tank of gas in your car
      • In case you have to evacuate the area due to flooding, down power lines, or home damage
  • Consider purchasing a generator to protect important equipment during a blackout
    • If you have a generator, consider installing carbon monoxide alarms around your home in case of failure during prolonged use

During

In the case of a blackout, it’s extremely important to stay safe and prepared in case of any emergency evacuations or sudden resurges.

  • Always use flashlights, not candles, for light
    • Candles can be knocked over, causing potentially deadly fires
  • Turn off and disconnect any large appliances or electronics that were in use when the power went out
    • When the power restarts, it could create a surge and damage the equipment
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible
    • If unopened, the refrigerator is capable of keeping food cold for around 4 hours

After

Many people don’t think about being cautious after a power outage; they assume the danger is gone. However, there are several things that can be very dangerous if not properly tended to:

  • Stay clear of any power lines that came down during the storm
    • Even though they’re broken, there is still an electrical charge in the lines and you CAN be shocked
  • Traffic lights might still be malfunctioning out on the roadways
    • If this is the case, try to avoid travel
    • If travel is unavoidable, remember to treat flashing traffic lights as stop signs
  • Invest in a digital quick-response thermometer to test food
    • If any of your refrigerated items are above 40˚F, throw them away

Blackouts can be very scary; however, the better prepared you are, the calmer you’ll stay in a real emergency. If you have any questions about energy providers and their services to you, give us a call at Unified Energy Alliance today at 717-889-5706 or email us at info@unifiedenergyalliance.com. We would love to hear from you!