Power outages or service interruptions can occur for a variety of reasons including weather events like lightning strikes to equipment or wind blowing trees and limbs into power lines; vehicle accidents involving power poles, lines, and equipment; unexpected equipment failure; and animal contacts to lines. Use the following tips during a power outage:
Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity, talk to your doctor or health care provider about what you may be able to do to keep it running during a power outage. You can also ask your power provider to put you on a list for priority power restoration.
Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices. If you are on dialysis or other life-sustaining medical treatment know the location and availability of more than one facility that can help you.
Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations open near you.
Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color or texture.
If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise.