No matter what time of the year it is, a power outage can occur. Storms, wind, heat, ice and snow are the most common cause of widespread power outages. Below are safety tips that can help you and your family stay safe in the event of a power outage.
- First and foremost, remain calm. It is really important to stay calm in the event of a power outage. If you remain calm, your child will remain calm.
- Every household should have a flashlight and extra batteries accessible in the event of an emergency. Have a flashlight for each child in the house. The child will feel more secure and will think of it as a fun situation instead of a scary situation.
- Never use candles in a power outage or any other emergency situation.
- Make sure you turn off or disconnect any appliances or electronics you were using when the power went out.
- Do not light a fire indoors. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. If you’re cold, start layering warm clothes.
- Keep the door to the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. By doing this your food will stay fresher longer. Before eating the food check for signs of spoilage.
- If you see a down power line or utility pole, STAY AWAY! Live power lines can serious injury or even death. Call 911 immediately.
- Deputy Jodi Wolfe