Winter Storm Warning
Summary: Winter storms can catch us totally unprepared and can leave without electricity, telephones and internet connections for days.
Preparations for a Winter Time Power Outage
When the power is out unplug or turn off all electric appliances to avoid overloading circuits and causing fire hazards when power is restored.
Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns.
Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
If you have a standby generator, make sure that it's installed safely and inform your electric utility company to avoid risking damage to your property and endangering electrical power line workers who may be working on nearby power lines.
Avoid the risk of fire by not using candles.
If you must use candles, keep them away from drapes, lampshades and small children.
Do not leave candles unattended.
Preparing for Power Outages
- Have battery-operated flashlights and radios with fresh batteries ready. Listen for updates on storm conditions and power outages.
- If you have a telephone system that requires electricity to work (such as a cordless phone or answering machine), plan for alternate communication - have a standard telephone handset, cellular telephone or pager ready as a back up.
- Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling.
How can you be ready?
The Potential Dangers of Home Generator Systems
If you have a portable home generator or any other generator unit and you do not use a transfer switch, please read this article. [click here]
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wiring!
The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
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