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What To Do In A Power Outage?

Surviving a Power Outage: Essential Tips and Tricks

 

Power outages happen, it is just a fact.  With how often it happens it is surprising that there are people that do not know what to do in a power outage.  An outage can last for a few minutes or for hours or days.

A long power outage can cause difficulties in hospitals, homes, and businesses, so it’s important to look into a home insurance or business insurance to protect you from unexpected expenses.

Take a look at these tips on how to prepare for a power outage, how to deal with it while it is happening and what to do after it is over.

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Tips to be followed before an outage

  • If you live in an area that gets very cold in the winter, have a non-electric heat source.
  • For the wood burning fireplace, clean the chimney regularly.
  • Have an emergency kit prepared.  It should include flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, battery radio and clock, non-perishable foods, warm clothing and blankets, medications, and games, cards or books to keep everyone entertained.
  • Generators can be used in an emergency but consult the manufacturer on safety and usage instructions.

Tips to be followed during the outage

  • Check the power outage. If it is in your home only, then check the fuse box. If there is no problem then check the wires or call an electrician.
  • Turn off all electrical appliances to prevent damage when the power returns.
  • All lights should be turned off except one or two, which will indicate that the power is restored.
  • Open freezer in an emergency only as it will keep the food fresh for a minimum of 36 hours.
  • Use candle holders to light the candles and extinguish when not in use.
  • Listen to the radio, which will give information about the outage at regular intervals.
  • If a power line is down in your yard or neighborhood, call BC Hydro and keep a safe distance.

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Tips to be followed after the outage

  • When the power returns, let it stabilize for a few minutes before you restart your appliances.
  • Reset clocks and other automatic timers.
  • Check the fridge for spoiled food and dispose of it in a responsible manner.

A home insurance can protect your home and family. At AMC we shop for the best rate for you. Contact us to get a free quote. 

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