If you were one of the millions watching Super Bowl Sunday, you know the power outage was not taken lightly. Even though the lights were off for only a short time, it caused an uproar with both teams, fans and stadium management. This small outage is a little preview as to what could happen in a city wide outage like Hurricane Sandy created months ago. Power outages for short periods of time are generally not harmful to your home or family, it is when these outages occur for days or even weeks that you need to take extra care and caution.
Power Outages – What To Do – Useful Tips
There are certain things that need to happen immediately after your power goes out:
– Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as long as possible to keep cool air inside. The less you have to throw out later the better.
– Keep a power outage emergency kit that includes flashlights, candles, extra batteries, battery operated radio, blankets and first aid kit.
– Make sure all appliances and light switches are in the off position, once the power comes back on you want to make sure there is no power surge and damage to appliances.
– This goes along with electronics as well. Many electronics today come with surge protecters, if you want to play it safe plug your electronics into an outside surge protector so you can unplug them all at once in times of emergencies.
These are just a few things to remember when you have a short term power outage. In cases like Hurricane Sandy where the power was out for weeks for many residents, there are some extra steps that should be taken to help prepare yourself.
– Unplug all appliances, even refrigerators, washers, dryers, and other large objects. You will not need these if power is not available.
– Make sure to keep your property clean of hanging branches and debris. If a storm hits with high wind, you want to make sure fires aren’t created from falling tree limbs on electrical wires.
– Ensure any elderly family members or friends are close by or with you.
– Dry canned goods should always be in storage for any emergency. They are cheap and easy to keep in the home for long periods of time without spoiling. You won’t be able to keep food fresh without power; soup, beans, cereal, crackers and anything else that doesn’t require refrigeration should be kept on standby.
– Land lines may be more reliable at this point. Cell phone circuits may be overloaded or cell towers downed. Land lines can be a lot more reliable if you need to contact an emergency crew or family members.
– Keep a look out for basement floods and leaks, sub pumps won’t be working without electricity, you will need to have a plan on how to remove any water if you do happen to flood.
– Keep plenty of blankets and dry clothes on higher shelves or attics. If your home does flood, you need a backup set of dry clothing.
– STAY TOGETHER. If you need to leave the home travel in groups.
– Keep in mind any pets, keep dry food with your emergency food kits as well.
Power outages should never be taken lightly. Summer storms can bring an hour of darkness but larger storms such as hurricanes can bring weeks of blackness. You should always be prepared no matter where you live. If you set up an emergency plan now you can rest assure you will be prepared in case of a storm.
If you experience damage to your home such as flooding, call your local restoration company to ensure your home is restored as soon as possible.