In the winter, follow these 7 tips when the power goes out:
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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.