Power outtages during winter can be challenging. KX News has rounded up some safety tips and steps for you to follow when the electricity is gone and you’re at home. These are common instructions found on nearly all web pages and brochures of utility companies, the federal government and various consumer help websites:
- Check your fusebox — did the circuits just pop and you can reset it, or is iit out from the outside?
- Call the power company to report the outage
- If possible, consider going to an alternate location while the power is out.
- Collect flashlights and a battery powered radio.
- Use your smartphone to keep up on information and alerts from KX News.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed to keep food properly chilled.
- If you have a generator, use it only outdoors, 20 feet from windows. You want to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Close the doors to rooms you won’t use while waiting.
- Don’t use a gas stove to heat your home.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- If possible, check on neighbors to make sure they’re alright.
Here are some useful links with more information on what to do and what to check:
Before power ever goes out, make a “lights out” kit. Fill it with flashlights, batteries, a battery powered radio and other things you want to have handy when the lights go out. Keep it in an easy to access place in your home.