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Posted on: December 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A Storm is Coming! Be prepared for Possible Power Outages

Light bulb and Power OutageSudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you need not be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, there are steps you can take to keep all members of your household as safe and comfortable as possible. 

To report Power issues:

Precautions to take if you should lose power:

  • Use caution if using candles. Do not leave unattended!
  • Keep away from downed power lines
  • Leave one light switch on to indicate when power is restored
  • Unplug all motor-driven appliances like refrigerators and freezers and sensitive electronic equipment (like TVs, microwaves, and computers) to prevent a possible electrical overload when power is restored.
  • Remember, electric well and sump pumps will not operate. 

Some basic things every household should have on hand in case the power goes out:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio or television
  • Hard-wired telephone
  • Charged cell phone
  • Ice chest to store medications
  • If you have a well with an electric pump, you should have enough bottled water to last a couple of days.  

If a portable generator is used to provide power during an outage, use it properly:

  • A generator should only be used outside on stable ground and away from any windows and vents to prevent deadly fumes from entering the home through an opening.
  • Do not use a generator in close proximity to an enclosed area, its placement could allow CO to enter and build up in occupied spaces. 
  • Make sure a generator has 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above it to ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Do not connect a generator directly to home wiring. Power can flow out of your home into the electric system creating a hazard for utility crews working in the area. Home appliances must be connected to the portable generator via extension cords unless the home is equipped with an electrician installed transfer switch.
  • Never fill the generator with fuel while it is running or still hot
  • Don't store gasoline inside of the home or in an attached garage.

Do not use all appliances at once. It may be necessary to turn off some appliances to avoid overload. And make sure any connected appliances are off before starting the generator.

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