What to do when the power goes out.

Emergency, Health, & Safety Tip:

What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly


  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
  • If the power is out longer than two hours, through away food that has a temperature higher than 40ºF.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
  • In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
  • Avoid power lines and use electric tools and appliances safely to prevent electric shock

During a power outage, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. More tips on food safety here.  Learn more >>