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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!