It seems like there are a lot of tips and tricks out there about how to prepare for a power outage, but not nearly as many when it comes to what to do when you’re in the middle of one. Whether it happens at your home or your place of work, here are some tips on what to do if you are caught in the middle of a power outage.
1. Keep Refrigerator and Freezer Closed
To avoid letting out the cold air from your fridge or freezer, it is important to remember to keep them closed. Many times, food that is perishable can last multiple hours in a refrigerator that stays closed when the power is off.
2. Turn Off or Disconnect Electrical Equipment
When the power goes out, it’s important to unplug most of your electrical devices or to make sure that they are disconnected so that if the power surges at any point, the equipment will not be affected.
3. Use Generator Safely
When using a generator when your power goes out, it’s important to remember a few things. Do not use your generator inside of your house, building, or garage. When using a portable generator, do not connect to your home’s electrical system, but to specific appliances or devices instead. Always have an electrician come help you install a backup generator safely before use.
4. Keep an Eye on the Temperature
Depending on what time of year it is, a power outage can cause temperature issues in your home. In the summer, intense heat can be dangerous and cause your home’s temperature to drastically rise, which is not safe for children, the elderly, or those with health issues. The same could be said in cold weather, of course, when temps can turn dangerous quickly. It’s important to keep an eye on the temperature so that you and your family can dress properly and try to avoid health issues.
Power outages can happen at any time, that’s why it’s crucial to know what to do when they occur so you can keep you and your family safe. Here at Winters Electric, we offer 24/7 emergency electrical services for your convenience. For all of your electric needs or questions, contact us here.