Power Outage Tips
- Stay away from downed electric lines. Don't touch them, even with a stick.
- Look around. If your house is the only one without power, check your circuit breakers.
- Don't call 911 just because your electricity is out. Call 911 only if there is an immediate danger, like a downed power line. Otherwise, call Barron Electric at 866-258-8722.
- Limit opening your refrigerator. The food will stay colder if the door is kept shut. If the freezer is full, frozen foods can stay frozen for two days. When power returns, throw out anything that smells unusual.
- Dress warmly. Several lightweight loose layers of clothes will keep you warmer than one heavy layer. Put on a hat for extra warmth.
- Know how to override your electric garage door opener.
10 Things You Need to Survive an Outage
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra food. High energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.
- Extra water. If you are on a well, fill a bathtub or milk jugs with water as soon as a storm is forecast.
- Extra medication and baby items.
- First-aid supplies.
- An emergency heat source such as a fireplace. Be extremely careful with kerosene heaters and never use charcoal or gas grills indoors. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer.
- Generators are especially important if you have livestock to water. For safety, install a double throw disconnect switch.
- Fire extinguisher and smoke detector. Test units regularly.