How to Properly Prepare For a Power Outage
Severe winter weather may cause power outages. Are you ready if the electricity goes out? Prepare now to make sure you stay safe and are ready for the unexpected. Power outages can influence the whole community and economy by disrupting communication, water and transportation. Many businesses face closure, even gas stations, banks and ATMs are not able to function. Other issues include water contamination, food spoilage and unavailability of certain medical devices. Check out our list fo recommendations on what to do during a power outage;
- Make a list of anything you need that uses electricity; plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
- Plan if you have medication that needs to be refrigerated. Talk to your doctor about what to do with medicine if you lose power.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed. Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
- Make sure to have a flashlight and extra batteries at home so that you can see where you’re going and what you’re doing.
- Have enough non-perishable food and water for your family.
- Keep your mobile phone charged and consider investing in a back-up battery if you don’t already have one.
- Keep your gas tank full to make getting around easy. Consider checking on your neighbors, especially elderly or those with special needs.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home, if safe go to an alternative location to stay warm.
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
Contact SERVPRO of Edmonds at 425-775-5723 if you would like more information on preparedness procedures for your home or business. We are available 24/7 365 days a year to serve our community!