What to do during power interruptions

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Power outages are not just an inconvenience, it could also be a safety concern.

It is in the best interest of every household to observe safety tips so as to avoid accidents and injuries. Electrical Association             

The Commonwealth of Massachussets for instance shared safety tips as to how to deal with power outages.

“If possible, use flashlights instead of candles. If you must use candles, place them in safe holders away from anything that could catch fire. Never leave a burning candle unattended. During hot weather, use ice to help keep food cold. During cold weather, keep food cold outside in a secure location safe from animals. If phone lines are down, use social media or texting to let others know you are okay. Unplug sensitive electronics to avoid power surges when power is restored.”

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The University of Oklahoma also shared some tips to ensure the safety of a household during massive outages. Electrician       

“Unplug electronics and other electrical equipment. This will protect the equipment against electrical surges when power returns. Keep one light plugged in and turned on so you can see when power is restored. Avoid travel, particularly by car, since traffic lights may not be working. If you use a generator, make sure you carefully follow the product’s instructions. Never run a generator inside the home.”

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Special precautions on frozen and refrigerated food should likewise be observed during power black outs.

Inside Edison enumerated some safety measures to avoid food spoilage and poisoning.

“(1.) Keep It Closed. Open refrigerator and freezer doors only when you need to. Depending on how hot it is outside, an unopened refrigerator can keep foods cold enough for several hours. Placing blocks of ice inside will help keep food cold longer. Check food carefully for signs of spoilage. (2.) Draw the Line at 40 Degrees. Perishable foods should not be held above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 2 hours. (3) Coolers & Ice Chests. If an outage is likely to be longer than 2 hours, refrigerated milk, dairy products, meats, fish, poultry, eggs and leftovers can also be packed into a cooler surrounded by ice. A separate cooler can be packed with frozen items.”

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Food safety should always be a priority during massive power interruptions.

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