Keep Food Safe to Survive a Power Outage
During an extended power outage, maintain food safety. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed, except when absolutely necessary to access the food inside. If the temperature has exceeded 40°F for over four hours, discard all perishable items. Cook items that will spoil first. If you have a gas stove or charcoal or gas grill, this could be an option for you.
Use Your Generator Safely
A generator creates electricity, but it also emits carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is harmful in high concentrations. This gas is odorless and colorless, so you won’t know if you are breathing it. Never use the generator indoors, as the results could be deadly. Operate your generator at least 20 feet away from your doors and windows.
Unplug Your Appliances
A generator will keep some appliances running, but if you do not have a generator, unplug electronic devices and appliances. Unplugging items prevents damage if there is a power surge when the electricity comes back on. Another option is to turn off your main circuit breaker. When you see others on your street with the lights on, you will know the power has been restored.
Survive a Power Outage With Access to Important Information
Data that you have stored electronically may not be available during a power outage. Don’t depend on your cell phone because it will eventually need to be charged. Have a copy of emergency numbers, social security numbers, health insurance information, and other important documentation you may need.
Nearby hospitals, schools, and storm shelters may be available to recharge electronics and contact your loved ones. If you visit one of these places, take a power strip so you can recharge several devices at once. Recharging a device in your car is also an option, so make sure you have proper charging accessories available.