Power outage safety tips
Averaged out over the year, electricity customers experienced eight hours of power interruptions in 2020. And as storms continue to grow in frequency and severity, people need to be as prepared as possible for power outages that can affect lighting, heating, cooling, cooking, refrigeration, communication, and essential equipment.
Are you prepared for a power outage?
Have a stash of supplies: To prepare for a power outage, it’s helpful to have spare batteries of various sizes and portable chargers, plus a flashlight for everyone in your home. To take it one step further, stock up on nonperishable food and bottled water.
Report the outage: Visit your utility provider’s website or mobile app, or give them a call to report the outage as soon as possible and check for restoration status updates. Turn on an interior and exterior light so you and restoration crews can see when power is up and running again.
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning: Keep generators outside, at least 20 feet from windows, with the exhaust facing away from your home. And if you haven’t already, install a carbon monoxide detector with a battery backup on every level of your home. (Note: Feeling dizzy, weak, confused, or tired could be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you start to feel any of these symptoms, get some fresh air immediately and call 911.)
Keep the fridge and freezer closed: Food will stay cold for up to four hours in an unopened refrigerator and up to 48 hours in an unopened freezer. When power returns, follow the adage of “when in doubt, throw it out” – especially if your refrigerator/freezer has been warmer than 40°F.
Turn off appliances and electronics: To protect your equipment from power surges, turn them off or unplug them.
Keep pipes from freezing: If the interior temperature drops to 55 degrees, open your faucets slightly, so there’s a slow, but steady drip. This way, water will be less likely to freeze, expand, and burst a pipe.
At DPM insurance Group, our brokers and CSRs are prepared to help our clients through any claims process… but just because you have the appropriate coverage doesn’t mean you necessarily want to go through something like a flooded basement or replacing several appliances damaged by a power surge.
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Source: Frankenmuth Insurance