Message from the Chief – Blackouts

September 24, 2021

The Fire Chief would like remind you of how to remain safe if a Blackout occurs.

Severe weather and winter storms can cause power outages and restoring power can take time.

Before

  • Have flashlights, a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, and extra batteries on hand.
  • Set aside extra water and buy or make extra ice.
  • Be prepared to cook outside.
  • Back up computer files regularly.
  • Have some form of phone that does not require electricity, either a standard telephone or a cellular phone, rather than a cordless telephone.
  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full.
  • If you have any specific needs or disabilities that require electrical equipment, make plans for dealing with a power outage.

During

  • Never use candles for emergency lighting, use flashlights.
  • Turn off any electrical equipment you were using when the power went out. Leave one light on so you know when the power returns.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Use generators safely. Don’t run a generator inside a home or garage. Connect the equipment you want to run directly to the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home’s electrical system. Keep instructions with the generator and be familiar with its use.
  • Use the telephone only for emergencies.
  • Listen to the radio for updates.
  • If it is cold, take steps to remain warm.
  • If you are in your car when a power line falls on it, stay in the vehicle and do not touch anything on the outside of the vehicle. Use your horn or cell phone to signal for help.

After

  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Do not refreeze any dairy products, seafood, or food that has thawed completely and been above 40º for more than two hours or anything with a questionable texture or smell. If in doubt, throw it out.

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