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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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