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Power Outage Safety Tips

Be prepared for the next power outage.


Any time of year, stormy weather can knock out electricity to your home. Here are some simple tips to help you be ready.

Before the lights go out

  • Have flashlights, a battery-powered radio and extra batteries on hand.
  • Keep your vehicle's gas tank at least half full.
  • Replace your smoke detector battery and make sure it's working.
  • Keep an appliance thermometer in your freezer.

During an outage

  • Do not use candles for emergency lighting – use flashlights.
  • To prevent damage from potential surges, turn off or disconnect any appliances or electronic equipment that was on when the power when out.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer to keep your food as fresh as possible.

When power returns

  • If your freezer is 40 degrees or colder, your food is generally safe to eat.
  • Do not refreeze food that has thawed completely.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. Compliance with these recommendations is not a guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, or federal, state or local regulation regarding safety or fire. Compliance with these recommendations does not ensure the absolute safety of your occupation, business or residence. It is the property owner’s duty to warn any tenants or occupants of the property of any safety hazards that may exist.

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