Be prepared for a power outage blackout in your area
There's thunder, there's lightning, then all of a sudden there’s a power blackout.
Power outage, lack of electricity and fear can combine to do heavy damage to your property if you aren't ready for them. By following the power blackout tips below, you can help save your food and property if a disaster were to occur.
For your home
Use a surge protector to protect your electronics.
Back up all critical files on your computer regularly.
Have one or more coolers ready for long-term delays.
Keep nonperishable foods on hand.
- If you have room, fill jugs of water an inch from the top and keep them in your freezer. If the power goes out, the jugs of ice will slow the defrosting of your freezer.
During a blackout
The most important thing to remember if a power blackout occurs is to save electricity. Follow these other power outage blackout tips:
Use a flashlight; never use candles.
Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power returns.
Don't run a generator inside your home. Generators create carbon
monoxide, which could poison anyone in the house.
Leave one light on so you know when power has resumed.
Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car.
If power is restored, be sure it's steady before plugging your
Don't open the refrigerator or freezer. A freezer that is half full
will hold for up to 24 hours, a full one for 48 hours.
If power will be out for two to four hours, pack milk, dairy products,
meats, fish, poultry, eggs and leftovers into a cooler surrounded by
- After the power outage is over, check your frozen and refrigerated items with a thermometer to make sure they're still safe to eat.
This power outage blackout information is meant to help you make decisions that may reduce your risk. Of course, we can't note every possible risk, and we can't guarantee that these tips will work for you. However, we hope that if you use some of them, you'll better protect your family and yourself.