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Be Prepared for an Outage

Be Prepared for an Outage

We hope that your experiences with power interruptions are few and far between, we recommend that your family be prepared to deal with a service outage during any season.

Follow these tips for your safety and comfort:

  • Have a flashlight available for each family member, along with extra batteries.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio and clock handy.  Listen for news and periodic weather updates.
  • Have a first-aid kit readily accessible.
  • Keep a list of important phone numbers nearby.
  • Bottle some extra water and keep it on hand.  Your water pump will not function during an outage.
  • Know how to manually operate the electric garage door.
  • During the winter, use blankets and layers of warm clothing to retain body heat, even while inside the home.
  • Keep a supply of high-energy food readily accessible along with other food items that don’t require cooking.
  • Make sure you have an adequate reserve of baby supplies and food.
  • Keep a manual can opener within easy reach.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.  A fully stocked freezer can keep food frozen for up to 2 days without power; partially stocked freezer usually last at least 24 hours.
  • Keep in mind that gas equipment with electronic ignition, such as ovens and water heaters will not work in the event of an electric power outage.
  • Never use a charcoal or outdoor gas grill indoors for cooking or heat because you could be overcome by carbon monoxide fumes.
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers or entertainment systems during the duration of an outage. Immediately upon the restoration of power, do not try to operate several electric appliances or equipment simultaneously, especially if the outage is widespread.  It can cause an overload of the power system.
  • Because of the potential for fire, avoid using candles.  Flashlights are much safer.
  • Coordinate a backup plan with the family or friends dependent on electrically operated medical equipment.  During an extended power outage, take temporary shelter in another location not effected by the outage.


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