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5 Ways to Prepare for a Power Outage

Author: Entrust Energy

Date: September 17, 2018

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Whether it’s knocked out by a storm or by accident, chances are your home will lose power at some point in your life. Being prepared for an outage will make an unfortunate experience a little less miserable and a lot safer.

1. Flashlight and Batteries
Make sure you have a decent flashlight (or two) and the proper batteries on hand. 

2. Food and Water
A good rule of thumb is to keep a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water (1 gallon per day, per person) on hand. Make sure you check the expiration dates now and then so you don’t risk eating expired food.

3. Medical Preparations
If you have refrigerated medications, or use medical devices powered by electricity, speak to your doctor about an emergency plan for power outages.

4. Refrigerator Thermometer
Get a thermometer to place in your refrigerator. When the power goes out, keep the fridge closed as much as possible. Once the temp on the thermometer goes above 40 degrees, the food is no longer safe for consumption.

5. Generator and Fuel
If you have a generator, make sure you understand how to operate it, and keep fuel on hand and safely stored. Generators are one of the leading causes of carbon monoxide poisoning, so proper operation is literally the difference between life and death.

Learn more about how you can stay safe when the power goes out at ready.gov.

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