Power Outage Safety Tips

If your power goes out, take the following steps:

1) Check to see if other lights are on in your neighborhood.  If other homes have lights, check for a blown fuse or a circuit breaker that has tripped to the “OFF” position.
2) If there are no other lights on in your neighborhood, or if you are unable to locate the cause of your power outage, call your local Power & Light company.
3) Unplug televisions and computers  Leave a light or radio on to help you know when power has been restored.
4) Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.  Food can stay cool for 12-48 hours, but that time is signifacantly reduced if the door is opened.
5) Stay away from any downed power lines, which are eextremely dangerous.  Call your local Power & Light company immediately if you see power lines down.
6) Keep batteries and flashlights in the same area for easy access if power goes out at night.  Flashlights are safer than candles.
7) Before using a generator, learn how to operate it safely.

Power outages can be a little alarming at first but if you are prepared and creative you can take advantage of this down time to “plug in” to your family and spend this time talking, playing a game together or even catching up on some much needed sleep.