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 >>