Power outages can leave you without many of the conveniences of modern life for a few hours or several days. It can be difficult to make do without the basic necessities you rely on daily, but you can stay safe and relatively comfortable by getting prepared before a power outage occurs.
Preparation Tips for Electrical Outages
It’s impossible to predict how long a power interruption will last, so you should have enough supplies on hand for at least three days. Here are some additional ways to prepare:
- Stock up on clean drinking water. You’ll need gallon per day for each household member. When severe weather is expected, fill your bathtub and sinks so you’ll have water for flushing the toilet.
- Buy a few disposable coolers, and keep bags of ice in your freezer so you can keep perishables cold without opening the refrigerator and freezer repeatedly when the power is off.
- Stock the pantry with canned or packaged foods that are shelf stable. If you have a gas barbecue or portable camp stove to use during an outage, purchase extra fuel. Always cook outdoors to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide.
- Assemble an emergency kit and keep it in an accessible location. Include a supply of batteries, flashlights, candles, matches or lighters, a battery-operated radio, first aid and hygiene supplies and a car charger for your cell phone. Have extra quilts or blankets nearby for warmth in the winter.
- Create an emergency contact list, and jot down your power company’s phone number and your account number so you can report the outage.
- Make sure you know how to open the garage door manually and keep your car’s gas tank at least half full at all times.
- Shut off your furnace and air conditioner, and unplug appliances, electronics, computers and televisions so they’re protected from a surge of electricity when the power is restored.
For more tips on getting prepared and protecting your home and HVAC equipment during a power outage, contact the southwest Oklahoma comfort pros at Davis Air Conditioning.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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