Power outages can occur at any time and can pose serious problems, particularly for those using life-sustaining equipment.
Power Outage Tips
- Keep a flashlight, battery-operated weather radio, and other emergency supplies handy.
- Do not use candles; they are a fire hazard.
- Maintain a list of utility company phone numbers and websites.
- Check the fuse/breaker box to see if there is a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
- If you determine a fuse/breaker box needs to be replaced/reset, turn off or unplug appliances before doing so to avoid damage to the electrical system.
- Check your neighborhood to see if others are without power.
- Call to report the power outage. Call only once to keep the line open for other customers.
- Check your refrigerator to ensure food does not go bad and cause food-related illnesses.
- Discard any food in your freezer that is over 40 degrees.
- If you rely on electric medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, ventilators, and oxygen compressors, plan ahead by talking to your medical supply company about getting batteries or a generator as a back-up power source.
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