Prevent. Protect. Respond. Recover.
Before a Power Outage
- Consider buying a generator. When installing a generator, follow the instructions carefully. Keep your generator outside and run a cord inside. Don’t connect your generator to main service panels — it’s dangerous!
- Make sure your disaster preparedness kit contains light sticks, flashlights, a batterypowered radio with extra batteries and a wind-up clock.
- Have an alternative heat source and supply of fuel.
During a Power Outage
- Never use gas ovens, gas ranges, barbecues or portable or propane heaters for indoor heating — they use oxygen and create carbon monoxide that can cause suffocation.
- Turn off lights and electrical appliances except for the refrigerator and freezer. Even if it is dark, turn light switches and buttons on lamps or appliances to the “off” position.
- Stay away from downed power lines and sagging trees with broken limbs.