What To Do in a Power Outage

In our last post, we talked about how to prepare for a power outage. But what should you do when one actually occurs? Here are some tips about what to do in case of a power outage this summer.

Electronic Appliances

If the lights wink out, start disconnecting electronics and unplugging appliances. This helps to avoid possible damage in the case of electrical surges. When the power’s out, you won’t be able to use them anyway. And you’ll want to make sure they’re ready to get up and running again as soon as the power is. If you plan to use a generator instead, place it outdoors and well away from windows (at least 20 feet). Also relocate gas-powered camp stoves and charcoal grills. Never try to bring anything gas-powered indoors. And install battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home just to be on the safe side. 

When it comes to food storage during power outages, your freezer and fridge are probably at the top of your mind. Keep the doors shut and your fridge should keep everything cool for about four hours, while your freezer can maintain its temperature for about 48 hours. Use a thermometer to test the temps and, if it reads 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, throw the food out. Don’t eat spoiled food. No matter how fine it may look– it’s better to be safe than sorry. And you don’t want to end up with food poisoning while the plumbing is out of power. 

Medical Needs

Make sure you discuss with your medical provider what to do about refrigerated medications. Also ask about electronic medical equipment in case of a power outage. They’ll instruct you on where to access emergency treatment/supplies. Also, they will tell you how long the medicine is safe to use after it’s lost that climate-controlled environment. Know where to go if the need for power becomes dire– there should be some type of community center nearby with access to emergency power sources and supplies. Places of worship, town meeting halls, community centers, and schools often have protocols in place for such occasions, especially if an outage hits during a period of extreme heat or cold.

Stick Together

While the vast majority of power outages are relatively short, it’s always a good idea to stay prepared and make sure everyone in your household knows what to do in case of an emergency. Keep a power outage kit with first aid supplies, flashlights, and batteries somewhere easily accessible and check in on any vulnerable neighbors. Make sure your family members are prepared and check out this sheet from FEMA for more information on what to do in a power outage.

We hope these tips help ease your mind and keep your household safe this summer!

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