Safety Tips

  • Avoid downed power lines - always assume they are energized and therefore dangerous. Call 911 to report downed power lines.
  • Reduce the risk of fire - Use flashlights instead of candles as a light source. Make sure to stock your emergency kit with flashlights and fresh batteries.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning - Only use items like generators and BBQs outdoors.
  • Turn off stove - Was the stove turned on when the power went out? If it was, turn it off now so it doesn't come back on when the power is restored; ensure nothing has been placed on top of the stove
  • Be water smart - Check with your municipality to ensure your water is safe to drink. If you're unsure, use the water in your emergency kit.
  • Let the weather guide you - If the weather is hot, stay cool and hydrated. If the weather is cold, layer up clothing and blankets to keep body heat in.
  • Unplug electronic equipment that was on before the power outage. Televisions, computers and answering machines are sensitive to surges when the power is restored.
  • Practice food safety - Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A full freezer will keep food safe for up to 48 hours. That number drops to 24 hours if the freezer is half full. Remember: If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Garage doors - Make sure you know how to override or manually operate your garage doors.

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