Summer means more time spent outdoors, but it can also bring severe storms and power outages. Your best protection against an outage is preparation. That is why we have put together your ultimate emergency guide to power outages.
Best Practices for Preparing for an Outage
- Compile a list of all the important appliances in your home that require electricity to operate.
- Make sure that you are signed up for all local alerts, weather reports, and warning systems.
- Invest in a backup generator that is powerful enough to power your entire home.
- Keep stocked up on batteries, candles, and other resources that can provide light.
- Make sure that you have plenty of fresh water and non-perishable food stored and ready to go.
- Try to keep your phone charged and have a backup charger. Also, don’t let your gas tank get too low, and make sure to fill it up if a storm is being predicted.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors that feature a battery backup.
What to Do When the Power Goes Out
- Turn off and unplug all appliances so prevent them from experiencing surges when the power returns.
- Do not open the refrigerator or freezer so that food can stay cold longer.
- Use generators, but only outside so that there is proper ventilation.
- Have a cooler so that you can store any medication that requires refrigeration.
- When the power returns, be sure to measure the temperature of all refrigerated foods. Anything that is registering 40 degrees or above should be disposed of.
- Check on your neighbors to make sure that they are okay and have the necessities they need.
- Use your non-perishable food supplies if necessary.
A power outage is not an ideal situation, but you can make it safer and more bearable with a little preparation. With any luck, the power will be restored quickly. For more tips, call Alternative Power today.