Power outages can happen at any time, and whether they are caused by a severe summer storm or a winter blizzard. You always need to be prepared in case of an emergency. Here is a list of a few items you should have ready if your electricity goes out.
Candles and matches
Battery operated radio and extra supply of batteries
Basic first aid kit
Portable Cell Phone charges
Water and Food Supply
Hand-operated can opener
Turn off and unplug tools, appliances, and electronics to avoid power surges with the power comes back on.
If you have a home generator, make sure your read owner’s manual and use to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If not, you could cause damage to your entire house’s electrical system.
Do not open your fridge or freezer. A fridge will keep your food for about four hours. A full stocked freezer can keep food frozen 24-36 hours.
Never use charcoal, gas stove, or generator inside your home. They will release deadly carbon monoxide gas in your home.
Check on elderly neighbors.
Have some entertainment on hand: deck of cards, books, board games, or visit with your neighbors
It is always a good plan to be prepared. Hopefully, these tips will help you be ready for when your power goes out.