- For prolonged outages, pack food in a cooler. Make sure the temperature stays below 40°F. Food above this temperature should not be eaten. Find a cool place to put your cooler, like near your garage doors or outside.
- A half-full freezer will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food for 48 hours.
- You can still cook. Keep enough charcoal or propane on hand for your barbecue.
- If you have a wood stove or fireplace, you should certainly use it for heat. However, do not use kerosene heaters, barbecues or any other outdoor heater inside. These can emit poisonous gases like carbon monoxide.
- We advise contacting heating contractors for both temporary heaters and heating system repairs.
Leaving the House
- You can leave your house during a power outage. Most garage doors have a release mechanism that allows them to be opened and closed manually. Look for the dangling cord.
- Stay away from downed power lines, as they could be energized.
- Remember that stop lights might be out. So if possible, stay off the roads or drive very carefully.
- Conserve heat. Cold air comes in when you open doors, especially big garage doors.
- Backfeeding the system can be dangerous. Download a generator booklet or pick one up from one of our office lobbies to see proper installation and usage.
It’s a good idea to be prepared for power outages, especially during cold winter months. Do you have the necessary supplies on hand? Here’s a list to get started with an outage kit.