In the winter, follow these 7 tips when the power goes out:
1. Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone.
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2. Know where your electric garage door manual release lever is located and how to operate it.
Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
If you rely on anything battery-operated or power dependent (like a medical device), create a backup plan. For more information, click here.
Turn off/disconnect appliances and other equipment: a momentary power “surge” can damage your devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
Keep refrigerator/freezer doors closed. Most food can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
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Use flashlights. Candles can cause fires.
Never burn charcoal for heating/cooking indoors.
Never use your oven as a source of heat. Instead, plan to go to the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility that has heat to keep warm.
Consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing a generator.
Only use generators away from your home. Never run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.
If you use your car to re-charge devices, do not keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home: this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.