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Prepare for a Power Outage With These 5 Tips

  • August 04, 2013

When extreme weather hits, or the power grid becomes burdened during peak hours, you’ll want to be prepared for a power outage. Power outages can pose a risk to the safety and comfort of your family, but you can minimize the danger if you follow a few simple precautions. Below are five tips on how to be prepared for unexpected power outages.

  1. Have a plan. Prepare your family ahead of time with a plan for what to do if the power goes out. Designate a safe area to meet, one preferably with exposure to natural lighting. Make sure that each member of your family has a flashlight with fresh batteries stored in an easily accessible place.
  2. Keep a well-stocked first aid kit. Things can be unpredictable during a power outage. It is good practice to keep a first aid kit in case of cuts, scrapes or other minor injuries. Go over each item in the kit with your family and make sure everyone knows how to use each one safely and effectively.
  3. Stay cool. If the weather is hot, you should take precautions to keep your body temperature well-regulated. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Stay in the shade and avoid direct sunlight. If you are indoors, consider opening windows. A breeze will keep you cooler than still air.
  4. Be aware of carbon monoxide. If you choose to use a grill, gas lantern or a generator to get by during a power outage, be sure to only use these items outside. These devices can generate carbon monoxide that can build up and be harmful or even fatal if released indoors.
  5. Maintain food safety. During a power outage, try to keep your refrigerator closed as much as possible. If you need cold drinks or food, try to remove them quickly to keep the air in your refrigerator cold. If the power has been out for more than four hours, throw out any food that has reached a temperature of more than 40 degrees.

The American Red Cross has additional resources about what do to if the power goes out.

For more information on home safety when the power goes out, or for any information or advice on home heating and cooling topics, contact us at Comfort Services. We serve residents of Aberdeen, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Sanford, Laurinburg and Whispering Pines.