Posted by: cfigueira | March 6, 2018

What to Do When the Power Goes Out

Power outages commonly occur during winter storms. Here’s a look at what you should and shouldn’t do if you find yourself caught in the dark.


Close doors and cover windows to concentrate heat.
Eat and stay hydrated to provide your body heat-producing energy.
Wear a hat and dress in layers of warm, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
Use Blankets
Employ fire safety and proper ventilation when using backup heat sources such as a fireplace, wood-burning stove or generator.
Ensure that assistive technologies such as respirators and mobility devices have backup power.
Stay at least 30 feet from power lines.


Use a generator, grill, camp stove or coal-burning device inside the house. This could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Plug a portable generator into a wall outlet. The generator will feed electricity back into the neighborhood, causing a safety hazard.
Put candles or oil lamps near flammable materials or leave them unattended.
Allow yourself to become dehydrated. It will interfere with your body’s ability to regulate temperature

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