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What to Do During a Power Outage

What to Do During a Power Outage
Posted on 01/15/2020

The wind is whistling, snow is blanketing the yard, and you're worried the power might go out . Now is the time to act fast and make sure you're prepared. Use these tips to stay safe and warm during a winter storm:

Before a Power Outage:

  • Make sure your home is properly insulated.
  • Purchase a supply of emergency heating fuel.
  • Check flashlights and radios.
  • Set your fridge and freezer to the coldest setting (remember to change it back later).

During a Power Outage:

  • Wear layers. Make sure your hands, head, and feet are covered.
  • If using a generator, follow all safety instructions and don't keep it running inside the house.
  • Unplug all electronics to avoid the possibility of surge damage once the power comes back on.

After a Power Outage:

  • Be extra cautious in the snow and look out for downed or hanging electric wires.
  • Check on your neighbors and offer to help.
  • Continue to stay off the roads to help emergency response workers respond quickly to calls and maintenance crews plow and clear tree debris.

To learn more about what your can do to prepare, visit takewinterbystorm.org for information, checklists, and more.