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Year-Round Tips

Safety During a Power Outage


  • Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!

  • Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.

  • Leave one light turned on so you'll know when your power returns.

  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer. If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage.

  • Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.

  • If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

  • Never connect a generator to a home's electrical system.

  • Listen to local radio and television for updated information.

  • Do not call 9-1-1 for information -- you should only call 9-1-1 to report a life-threatening emergency.

  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion.

  • Remember that equipment such as automated teller machines (ATMs) and elevators may not work during a power outage.

If it's Hot Outside
  • Take steps to remain cool.

  • Move to the lowest level of your home -- cool air sinks.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.

  • If the heat is intense and the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall, or "cooling shelter" that may be opened in your community. Listen to the radio for details on available emergency shelters.

  • Remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets.

  • Put on layers of warm clothing.

  • Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.

  • Never use your oven as a source of heat.

  • If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (relative, friend, or public facility) that has heat to keep you warm. Listen to the radio for details on available emergency shelters.

If it's Cold Outside
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