What To Do When The Power Goes Out

What To Do When The Power Goes Out

What To Do When The Power Goes Out

The power can go out for a variety of reasons, ranging from extreme weather to a faulty electrical grid. In any case, it’s important to know what not to do when the lights go dark. From avoiding open flames and unplugging electronics to staying away from downed wires and checking on your neighbors, here are 10 things you should never do when the power goes out.

1. Don’t use fuel powered heaters indoors: It is important to remember that fuel-powered heaters should never be used indoors. The fumes from burning fuel can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, and using a fuel-powered heater in an enclosed area can lead to dangerous levels of the gas. If you need to stay warm during a power outage, consider using an electric space heater or wrapping up in layers of clothing and blankets.

2. Don’t use any electrical equipment: Unplug all electronic devices before the power goes out to reduce your risk of an electrical shock or fire once it does go out. This includes lights, computers, televisions — even small appliances such as coffee makers and toasters should be unplugged.

3. Don’t touch anything metal near downed power lines: Metal objects like fences, power lines, mailboxes and poles can be dangerous in a power outage. If the object has been near any electrical equipment, it may still have a charge and pose an electrocution risk.

4. Don’t drive on flooded roads: Flooded roads can become electrically charged if there’s damaged electrical infrastructure nearby. An electrical current could travel through the water and shock anyone who comes into contact with it.

5. Don’t open your freezer or refrigerator door: Keep your fridge and freezer doors closed during a power outage to preserve cold air inside as long as possible. This will help keep food fresh for longer without needing to use dangerous open-flame lighting sources to see what you have in your fridge or freezer.

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6. Don’t use generators inside: Portable generators are a great way to keep the lights on during a power outage, but they should always be used outdoors, far away from windows and doors. Running one inside your home can lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide buildup.

Having a backup generator is an excellent way to prepare for extended power outages. Many homeowners opt for gas or propane generators, which are wired into separate breaker panels in the home to provide electricity for essential items like refrigerators, heaters, and lights. It’s important to properly size your generator based on the type of equipment you will be running from it, as well as any watts or amperage limitations in your system. You should always consult with a certified electrician before attempting to install any wiring or electrical systems in your home. Additionally, make sure you regularly test your system and keep it serviced and fueled at all times so that it’s ready when the power unexpectedly goes out.

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What To Do When The Power Goes Out

7. Don’t ignore medical equipment: If you or someone in your household relies on medical equipment that needs power to operate, reach out to your doctor or hospital right away for advice on what to do during an outage.

Before leaving home in the event of an unexpected outage, it’s essential to have a plan for taking any necessary medical supplies and medications with you that require electricity. Additionally, notify your doctor of any changes in blood pressure, heart rate, or other symptoms during an extended period without power. In some cases, your doctor may want you to stay at a facility with access to electricity and care until the power is restored.

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8. Don’t stay in an elevator: Elevator shafts are usually equipped with emergency lighting — if the power goes out, you could find yourself stuck between floors with no way out. If you’re on an elevator when the lights go out, press the emergency call button and wait for help to arrive.

9. Don’t forget about your neighbors: During a power outage, check in with your neighbors, especially those who may have special needs or limited access to resources. Offer them help or assistance if needed, or let them borrow supplies like flashlights or candles if they don’t have any of their own.

10. Don’t panic: Power outages can be stressful and disorienting, but it’s important to remain calm and take necessary safety precautions. Check local news sources for updates about estimated restoration times and follow all instructions from public safety officials.

Following these tips can help you stay safe during a power outage and ensure that everyone in your community is taken care of. With the right preparation, you can weather any storm — literally.

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About the Author: CHRIS J FRIESEN

Hey, my name is Chris. I am a gym owner, personal trainer, Certified Krav Maga Instructor, and passionate bushwacker, survivalist and prepper. I've been living on my 60 acre homestead in rural Canada for the last 24 years with my wife, 3 kids, 4 dogs and 5 cats. I spend much of my time gardening, raising chickens and other livestock, hunting, and honing my bushcraft skills. When I’m not working on one of my many projects, I enjoy relaxing in my hottub with a glass of good bourbon...