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. 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 candleholders 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.
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.