Preparing for a Power Outage
With the recent storm activity, the risk for power outages occurring is high. We want you to be prepared should your power go out for an extended period of time. Depending on the severity of the storm, you will need to consider the extent that you need to prepare, but the key is that you do. We don’t want you to be caught in the dark.
Here is a list of simple ways you can prepare yourself and your family should a storm be approaching.
BEFORE THE STORM
Fill up the gas tank in your car. You can use your car to charge your phone and listen to the radio, and most importantly get to where you need to go. Gas stations run off power so should the power go out you will not be able to fill up with gas.
Have a car charger and extra back up battery for your cell phone.
Keep flashlight and back up batteries in a safe place.
Have a battery operated or crank radio in your home.
Stock up on water and nonperishable foods, make sure you have a manual can opener.
Buy some paper plates and utensils.
Keep a battery-operated clock on hand.
If you home operates on a well, stock up extra on water.
Make a cooler with ice to store food that may go bad in the refrigerator.
Have blankets ready in case you are cold
TIPS FOR WHEN THE POWER IS OUT
Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as you can. A refrigerator that is kept closed can keep your food cold for at least 4 hours.
If you chose to use candles, monitor them closely and never leave them burning overnight. However, we recommend that you only use flashlights.
If you chose to use a generator, make sure you know how to do so properly There are risks for carbon monoxide poisoning if used incorrectly.
Turn off and unplug all appliances and lights to prevent circuits being blown when the power comes back on. You may want to leave one light switch on so that you will know when power is on.
Never use a grill indoors! Even though you may be tempted to use your hibachi grill to cook when your power is out be certain not to bring it inside, including the fact that you should not grill in your garage or an enclosed porch. Doing so could cause a house fire.
Find fun ways to pass the time, play board games and check on your neighbors. Above all be patient. During severe storms, it can take time for your power to be restored.
Should you experience storm damage to your home during a power outage know that ServiceMaster Restoration is ready to help. Our services are available 365 days a year, 7 days a week. We offer the best in professional water and fire mitigation. We work hard to offer you peace of mind.