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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.


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


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


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 We would love to hear from you!