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3 Things To Keep In Mind During An Electrical Outage

Posted on Thursday, April 9 2015

Your power goes out. What now? Don’t panic!

Here are some tips to cope with a sudden loss of electricity:

Dealing With The Heat

When your electricity sudden goes out, it’s important to be aware of yours and others’ risk for heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and fainting are all serious heat illnesses, but there are certain steps– like drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, wearing light-colored clothing– to ease the heat-related symptoms. Heat stroke can potentially cause death or permanent disability if not treated correctly.

Avoiding Electrical Shock

If you notice something fishy about indoor or outdoor electrical equipment, it’s imperative to look first– do not touch! If someone has been shocked, the person may still be in contact with the electrical source and could potentially pass the current through you. Call 911 immediately.

Keeping Your Food Safe

If the power is out for less than two hours and you’ve kept the refrigerator and freezer doors shut, your food is safe for consumption. A half full freezer will safely hold food for up to 24 hours while food in a full freezer could potentially last up to 48 hours. If your power is out for more than two hours, move spoilable refrigerated foods like dairy, eggs, meat and fish to a cooler as soon as possible.

For more information on staying safe during power outages, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Questions? Feel free to ask.

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