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Feb 6, 2019

What To Do During a Power Outage

During the winter months, most of us enjoy being curled up inside where it’s warm and dry. But what happens when the power goes out?

With falling snow and dropping temperatures there is an increased possibility of power outages. Extreme weather can strain power system equipment, high winds can knock tree branches onto above-ground lines, and tree roots can provide a pathway for ice to accumulate and hinder lines underground.

Aside from being an inconvenience, a loss of electricity can pose numerous safety threats if not handled correctly. Check out the list below to learn how you can prepare your home for a power outage before it happens:
  • Keep a supply of nonperishable foods and water on-hand. During an outage you will have limited access to your refrigerator and water purification systems may not be functioning fully.
  • Stock up on flashlights and extra batteries for each member of your family.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup on every floor of your home.
  • Consider purchasing a generator to have on hand during outages and learn how to handle it safely.
  • Sign up for local safety alerts and always monitor local weather reports.

Now that you know how to prepare ahead of time, be sure to also download the PDF below so you know what to do during the outage!

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