Preparing for a Power Outage

Power outages. No one ever wants to have a power outage, but sometimes they are inevitable. One bad storm can cause all kinds of havoc, including the loss of electricity to your home or office building. With the number of electronic appliances and devices in the typical home in today’s society, having such a power outage can be more than frustrating, no matter how long the outage lasts. The key is being prepared for such an outage when they do occur. Here are some great ways to be prepared for a power outage.

Before a Power Outage

Begin by taking inventory of the electrical items you rely on. One of the biggest items that most people rely on is their cell phones. Be sure they are charged. Have an emergency kit prepared including items such as:

  • Batteries (assorted sizes)
  • Flashlights for each household member
  • Candles, matches, or lighters
  • First-aid kit
  • Walkie-Talkies or a corded landline
  • Weather radio
  • Water for drinking and cooking
  • Portable heater (oil or gas)
  • Camping equipment (sleeping bags, camp stoves, lanterns)

Depending on how long the power outage lasts, having a portable generator on hand may be helpful, especially if it can save any perishable food items you may have.

During a Power Outage

You might think that during the power outage there isn’t much to do, except wait for the power to come back on. While that is somewhat true, there are a few steps you can take to ensure a good outcome for your home or business when the power does return. It is always a good idea to report the power outage to your power company. An interruption in your power services can happen for all sorts of reasons, but if your power company can pinpoint the area of the outage, they can likely return your service quicker. 

It is a good idea to turn off all lights and electrical items you don’t need to have switched on during the power outage. Remember to keep one light on, so you can see when the power returns. You can also refrain from opening the refrigerator and freezer to keep your perishables fresh. If it looks like the outage will last beyond a day, you can prepare a cooler to keep your food and drinks cool. Or you can hook up a portable generator. Just remember to follow all safety instructions and guidelines for operating a backup generator.

After a Power Outage

After your power returns, you can likely resume the use of your electronic appliances and devices. Depending on how long the power outage lasted, you may need to throw out any food or beverages that have gone bad during the outage. It is a good idea to check your property for any damage, and of course, stay clear of any downed power lines. Such hazards should always be reported.

And of course, your Miller’s family is always here for you! If you ever have any questions or concerns about your electrical service to your home or business, give us a call at (804) 581-0001! Our licensed technicians are available to help you 24/7! 

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