Power outages still happen, every now and then, despite the lightning-fast advancements propelling modern society into the future. Every homeowner needs to be prepared for a power outage and take the right steps to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Steps to Take During a Power Outage
Begin by unplugging appliances and electronics to avoid damage from a power surge once the power has been restored. Sensitive and expensive devices should be plugged into surge protectors on a regular basis to prevent electrical damage.
Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed, no matter how hot it is outside. If the power surge is during the summer, close the windows and drapes to keep the home as cool as possible for as long as possible. During winter, dress in layers to stay warm.
Avoid candles and use battery-powered flashlights, instead. Leave one lamp plugged in so that you’ll know once the power has been restored.
Steps to Take Once the Power Has Been Restored
It’s best to wait a few minutes before plugging devices back in to avoid damage from a power surge. First turn on essential appliances, like lights. Then turn on electronic devices like TVs and home assistant devices. Also be sure to reset clocks, timers, alarms, and network routers.
Power Outage Safety
If the power outage was caused by a natural disaster or storm, check your property for damage, such as fallen trees, water damage, or downed wires. Don’t touch power lines, but report them immediately.
Avoid using electrical outlets, appliances, or circuit breaker boxes that have experienced water damage. Call Blue Apple for a professional inspection, instead.
If the power outage lasted for more than a few hours, check the food in your refrigerator and freezer. Throw away any food items that have spoiled or don’t look safe to eat.
How to Plan For Future Power Outages
Consider purchasing a generator to power critical devices and appliances during an outage. Reach out to Blue Apple Electric for recommendations and more tips on preparing for a power outage.