Short-term power outages and blackouts are inconvenient. In some cases these outages can be life threatening. By preparing for outages in advance, you'll have a plan to use when the power goes out.
Make a "blackout kit" that includes the following supplies:
Here are a few helpful tips on how to reduce the dangers of a power outage:
· Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting; do not use candles.
· Turn off all electrical equipment that was on when the power failed.
· Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep contents cold.
· Do not run a generator inside your home or garage.
· Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system.
· If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the generator.
· Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio handy to get the latest news.
In summer, a power outage can cut electricity to air conditioners and fans. Some can also stop water treatment plants, making potable water in short supply. In the event of a summer power outage:
· Check on family or neighbors who may not be mobile.
· Drink plenty of water.
· Wear light clothing.
· Move to areas with generated power (e.g., malls and shelters)
· Watch for heat-related illnesses, especially in children, the elderly and disabled.
For more information, visit:
· Just in Case Arizona
· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention