In the Event of a Power Outage

POWER OUTAGE
♦ Turn off the TV & computer to prevent damage when the power
comes back on. Consider leaving a light to alert you when power is
restored.
♦ Move items closer together in the refrigerator to slow warming during
a long term outage.
♦ If the outage is a lengthy one eat perishable foods first. Then use
foods from the freezer, and then canned or packaged goods with a
long shelf life.
♦ Do not open the refrigerator or freezer unless necessary. In general
if food in the refrigerator gets above 40 F, throw them out to prevent
food related illnesses.
♦ Secure “survival candles” so they will not tip over and start a fire
GENERATOR SAFETY
♦Generators, if not properly installed, can cause harm to electrical
power restoration crews, emergency personnel and the general public.
It is critical that your generator be totally connected within the
electrical system of your home. This means that it has to be completely
isolated from your power service provider’s transmission and
distribution system. If not, your electricity could travel through your
service panel and energize wires from the street. Improperly installed
generators can cause life threatening situations for the power
crews.
♦ It is also very important that your generator operate outside your
home to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
♦ If you are using a standby generator, plug appliances directly into the
generator. Do not attempt to energize them through your household
wiring.
♦ If you plan to install a standby generator, have a licensed electrician
install it and have it inspected. You must use proper devices to isolate
your wiring from your service provider. Double check your generator
to see what it is energizing. If you accidentally energize your
service provider’s equipment, disconnect the generator and notify
them immediately.
♦ Also, know the rated voltage of the appliances and
how much electrical load your generator can carry.
Never exceed the maximum load.
♦ If you experience an outage or need to report damaged
or downed lines you can call the following:
A & N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) 800-431-2632 or 757-787-9750,.
♦ Move items closer together in the refrigerator to slow warming during
a long term outage.
♦ If the outage is a lengthy one eat perishable foods first. Then use
foods from the freezer, and then canned or packaged goods with a
long shelf life.
♦ Do not open the refrigerator or freezer unless necessary. In general
if food in the refrigerator gets above 40 F, throw them out to prevent
food related illnesses.
♦ Secure “survival candles” so they will not tip over and start a fire.
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/
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