In our last post here on the Parker & Sons blog we started diving into the topic of power outage preparation. Even a minor power outage can be a major inconvenience. And what if it isn’t just a minor power outage? What if the power outage lasts through the night and into the next day? Life is going to start getting very difficult. In our last post, we talked about the importance of putting together an emergency preparedness kit. There are several other steps you can take to make sure you are ready for a power outage which we will go over today. We will also talk about what you should do during the power outage.
With the power out, the perishable food inside your fridge and your freezer will be at risk. As long as you don’t open the door, the food can stay cool for up to four hours. If the freezer is fully stocked, it should stay cold for up to 48 hours. It is wise to have a stock of non-perishable food and bottled water. Don’t forget a can opener, which is essential for opening most non-perishable food items!
During the Outage
Now, what do you do during the outage? Start by unplugging any complex electronic that is not connected to a surge protector. When the power comes back on, there could be a surge of electricity which could damage some of your electronics. If it is night, light candles and use a flashlight. If the power does not come back on after an hour, use a landline or charged cell phone to call your power provider. Leave at least one light plugged in and turned on, so you know when the power comes back. Avoid traveling as much as possible. Remain patient, and the power will come back on soon.