We, as a society, are increasingly dependent on electricity, which makes it all the more difficult when the lights go out due to heavy snowfall or storms. It could last only a few hours or up to a few weeks depending on your location and the severity of the weather! So here is everything you need to know to be prepared for the next outage before it hits!
- Have a kit where you keep multiple flashlights, a portable radio, first aid supplies, matches, battery powered lanterns, and extra batteries. These items should be tested at least once a year to ensure they are in working order. There is no worse time to find out the bulbs are dead then after the power is out.
- Keep a case of bottled water in your home in case of an outage to ensure you remain hydrated.
- Have a supply of blankets handy in colder climates.
- Keep portable batteries to charge cellphones. Only use phones if absolutely necessary to conserve battery life.
- Have preserved food and a way to cook them, for example, a propane or charcoal grill.
- Have a manual can opener for food.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the season (lightweight layers in the winter)
- Unplug non-crucial electronics to prevent a surge when the power is restored, these include TVs, microwaves, etc.
- Never burn charcoal inside for heat or cooking.
- Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer to prevent food from spoiling. If any food is expose appears to be rotten, has an unusual color, odor, or texture throw it out.
- Avoid lighting candles, as they pose a fire hazard.
- Never use a gas stove as a source of heat, this gives off carbon monoxide and is an odorless, colorless gas which can cause health problems and even death.
Once Power is Restored
- Check any food in the refrigerator and freezer if the power has been out for more than a few hours.
- Replenish any previsions ASAP to ensure you are prepared for next time
- Remove batteries from flashlights to prevent corrosion.
- Give the system a chance to stabilize before reconnecting non-crucial appliances.
While inconvenient, these tips will help you make the best of the next power outage and ensure you and your family has the necessities to stay safe. Power outages, like most events, can be unpredictable and the best way to know you are protected is to have an appropriate insurance policy. If you have any questions or would like to receive a free quote, call us today at 724-929-2300 to speak with our fast and friendly insurance experts.