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8 Things You Should Never Do During a Power Outage

Yvonne Fish
Nov 14 4 minutes read

The weather systems H-Town has been getting the last couple weeks have left us, at one time, over 7,400 power outages! We want to make sure you are prepared and know what to never do when you find yourself without power. 

Check out the 8 things you should never do when your family experiences one of these outages.

1. Never assume everyone is

without power

First things first, you'll want to check your circuit breaker to make sure the outage isn't just an overloaded circuit. With all of the bad storms we have been getting, it'll be better to do this first! If you can and it's safe to take a look out the window to see if you can see your neighbors home. If it appears to be without power you may have just experienced a power outage. Knowing who’s got power will help you figure out your next steps.  

2. Candles are old school and unsafe!

Lighting candles may seem like the best option, but this isn't the case. If you have kids or pets you know how clumsy they can be and the last thing you need is to be putting out a fire in your home during a power outage! Instead, stash flashlights in strategic areas around the house, and check them periodically to make sure the batteries still work.

3. Don't forget about Subdivision Gates 

Many subdivision security gates won't work during a power outage-since they are powered by electricity. It's surprising but many people don't know how to manually open their neighborhood gate! Check with the security office or HOA to make sure you have a plan to open manually in case you need to leave your property.  

4. Leave the fridge CLOSED

If you leave your refrigerator and freezer closed, the cold air will stay in there and prevent spoilage. In fact, an unopened refrigerator can maintain proper temperatures for at least four hours, and a good freezer might keep your food safe for up to two days. If it’s hot when the power goes out, consider wrapping these appliances in blankets for an extra layer of insulation.

5. Stay away from pooling water.

Since power outages happen during these terrible storms we have been having it leads to downed branches and power lines that could be lurking beneath that new lake in your backyard. Even if you're tempted to wade in to remove a few branches on your car, resist the urge and give authorized work crews the time and space they need to safely clear the area.

6. Think about your comfort

You never know what time of year these storms are going to hit, and with the cooler temperatures, we have been having it's best that you think about what kind of clothing you wear to sleep. You'll want to make sure you bundle up and do what you can do keep the warmer air in! Block leaky windows with blankets, and keep doors closed to rooms you aren't using. If you have a fireplace go ahead and fire it up, but don't use the gas for heat. It could emit harmful fumes that would endanger your family!


7. The Water Heater Only Holds So Much.

Most plumbing does not require electricity so thankfully your toilet will still work! The downside to a power outage is that if you have to shower, keep it short! The water heater only holds so much hot water and some citywide systems use electricity to pump sewage to facilities so it could get backed up quickly.

8. Don't Use All of Your Phone Battery Up.

Nowadays, the first thing people seem to do to check the news is to go to Social Media. You'll want to avoid posting a status about how you are without power if you plan to make a phone call later for help if a situation arises! You never know what important call you may have to make and it's best to shut down most of your apps and dim the backlight, in order to preserve battery. Bust out the board games!

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