How to Deal With a Power Outage
Before you report a power outage, you may want to grab a flashlight and check if there’s an issue with one of the breakers or fuses in your home’s electrical panel.
If you have a tripped breaker, simply flip the switch back to ‘On’ to restore power. If there doesn’t seem to be an issue with your breakers or fuses, check to see if your neighbors are without power, too. If so, it’s time to report the power outage.
Once your power outage has been reported, you should be able to check its status online for updated information on what caused it, how many homes were affected by it in your area, and how long it will take to restore power.
During a power outage, stay away from any damaged power lines, since they can still be live and dangerous, even if they’re on the ground. It’s extremely important to be cautious around any suspected potential causes for the outage.
Turn off your appliances
When the power is restored, it can bring a surge of energy that can damage your more sensitive devices (like a computer or TV). And if power is restored to all your appliances at once, a breaker in your circuit board may trip. So, it’s a good idea to unplug some or all of your devices.
When the power goes out, make sure your refrigerator and freezer doors are shut so your food is insulated at a low temperature for as long as possible. If you were cooking on a gas stove, don’t forget to turn it off right away.
You may want to leave a lamp plugged in, which would act as a signal that your power has been restored. Or, you can deactivate your main circuit breaker and check streetlights or other houses around you to see if the power is back.
Activate your generator
If you have a back-up generator, you can turn it on to restore some power to your home — just make sure it’s located at a safe distance from your home and that you turn it off once the power comes back on.
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