Safety during an outage

During a power outage here some quick safety tips to follow:

  • Use flashlight rather than candle for light
  • If using a standby generator follow these safety tips
    • Turn off major appliances like dishwasher or A/C that were running when the power went out to prevent them from starting unexpectedly when power is restored
    • Unplug or turn off TVs, stereos or game systems
    • Leave one light on so you know when power is restored

Supplies to keep on hand:

  • A flashlight with a supply of fresh batteries.
  • A portable battery-powered radio so you can keep up with the news.
  • A telephone that does not depend on electricity. Cordless phones will not function during an outage.
  • A supply of easy-to-prepare, nonperishable foods. This includes packaged snacks and bottled water and juices.
  • A wind-up or battery-operated clock.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • A manual can opener.