experiences power interruptions from time to time. Many
of these outages come at times of weather extremes or accompany
various disasters. When the power is out, safety becomes
a major concern. The following information is meant to help
you when the lights go out.
- Register life-sustaining equipment with your utility
- Make sure you have an alternate heat source and supply
- Consider purchasing a generator, especially if someone
in the house requires life-sustaining equipment that runs
- When installing generators, follow the manufacturers
instructions very carefully.
- If your house is the only one without power, check your
fuse box or circuit breaker panel. Turn off appliances
before replacing fuses or resetting circuits.
- If power is out in the neighborhood, disconnect all
electrical heaters and appliances to reduce the initial
demand and protect the motors from possible low voltage
- Unplug computers and other voltage-sensitive equipment
to protect them against possible surges when the power
- Conserve water, especially if you are on a well.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If
the door remains closed, a fully loaded freezer can keep
foods frozen for two days.
- Never use a charcoal barbeque inside the home. If you
use candles for light, keep in mind they can cause a fire.
It's far better to use battery-operated flashlights or
glow sticks for alternative lighting.
- If you use a kerosene heater, gas lantern or stove inside
the house, maintain ventilation to avoid a build up of
- If your power is out, leave a light switch in the on
position to alert you when services are restored.
- If you own an electric garage door opener, learn how
to open the door without power.
- Prepare a power outage kit, or better yet, make it a
part of your disaster preparedness kit. Consider having
light sticks, flashlights, a battery-powered radio with
extra batteries, and a wind-up clock as a part of the
- Have a corded telephone available; remember cordless
phones will not work when the power is out.