Being Prepared For Electrical Outage

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.

  • Flashlights
  • 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.

Nancy Dennis

Bruceton Mils, WV