Power Outage Safety Tips

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Was your household one of the 20,000 SOMA homes without power last night? Last night thousands of homes lost power for about an hour. But this begs the question, what do you do if you lose power for more than one hour?

Power outages are more inconvenient than anything, but they can also be dangerous. Here are some power outage safety tips to keep in mind for next time:

  • Only use flashlights for lighting, candles will cause fires.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer door closed. It’s tempting to keep opening it, especially if it’s dinner time. But remember, food that needs refrigeration can be kept safely for several hours (about 4) in a refrigerator that is kept closed. An unopened freezer can keep food safe for up to 24-hours.
  • Put on some extra layers of clothing if it happens to be cold outside. Never use your oven or burn charcoal as a source of heat.
  • If it’s very hot outside, take steps to remain cool. Consider visiting air conditioned places such as a movie theater or shopping mall. A ‘cooling center’ may already be open and available to your community. If you stay at home, wear light-weight clothing, stay on the lower levels of your home and drink plenty of water.
  • Remember to unplug appliances and computer equipment. A momentary power ‘surge’ may occur when the power comes back on.
  • Have a generator? Only use it away from your home, never run it inside of your home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

For more information on what do to before, during and after a power outage please visit: ready.gov/power-outages