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.
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.
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.
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