Outage Safety

Be Prepared for a Power Outage

  • Keep flashlights, candles, matches, battery-operated radios, extra batteries and canned and dried foods handy. Have an emergency kit packed and ready.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and/or have one corded phone. Most cordless phones won’t work without power.
  • Know how to manually open your garage door if you have an automatic opener.
  • Know how your home’s wastewater system operates during a power outage.

Stay Safe During a Power Outage 

  • To heat indoor spaces (and help keep pipes from freezing), use only Underwriters Laboratories-approved heaters that are designed for indoor use. Even those need to be adequately vented to avoid carbon-monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep space heaters away from curtains and clothing.
  • Always turn off space heaters before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors. Charcoal produces toxic fumes that can kill quickly
  • Be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Read more about the safe use of combustion appliances.
  • Always exercise extreme caution if you use candles or oil lamps. Never leave them unattended and keep them away from furniture, drapes, and other flammable materials.

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