September 12, 2017

Tips For Staying Safe During A Power Outage

How To Stay Safe With No Power In Your Home

Hurricane Irma taught many of us how awful losing your power can be. Being without power in your home for an extended period of time can be more than inconvenient. It can be dangerous. Here are 5 tips to help you and your family stay safe during a power outage.

  1. Preparation is your biggest ally. Have a full emergency kit in your home readily available with all the essentials, including water, 1st aid kit, dry food, cash, batteries, and blankets.
  2. Use flashlights instead of candles. Candles can leave you at an increased risk for a fire.
  3. Have a full stock of all sizes of batteries. You will need plenty of batteries to run radios, flashlights, and other emergency essentials.
  4. Buy a weather radio. It can be scary and risky to be completely out of touch with the outside world. Having a weather radio can keep you abreast of current conditions in your area while your power is out.
  5. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.