More than just an inconvenience, lengthy power outages impact the productivity and wellbeing of your home and workplace. Outages can occur at any time, but they are especially common during storm seasons and natural disasters. Advance preparation helps you cope with outages while remaining safe and productive.
Take Food Safety Precautions.
Foodborne illness is dangerous. If power is out for over two hours, throw away food that did not stay cooler than 40°F. (Use a quick-response digital thermometer to assess food temperatures.) To learn more about preventing food spoilage and avoiding costly waste, read these food safety tips.
Understand Carbon Monoxide Safety.
It’s no exaggeration: carbon monoxide kills. Remember:
A standby generator is a major benefit during outages, but it can be dangerous if improperly installed or used. The Red Cross provides comprehensive tips on how to use your generator safely, and Maglio technicians install generators and provide comprehensive usage training. Contact our team of experts to schedule generator guidance or request generator maintenance.
Create an Emergency Kit.
Prepare an outage/storm safety kit that contains essentials for an extended outage. Items include bottled water, first aid kits, non-perishable foods, battery-operated flashlights and radios, candles, blankets, batteries, and more. Remember to include prescription medications and other necessary medical equipment.
Avoid unnecessary travel, since streetlights and traffic lights may not be functioning properly. For prolonged outages, it may be necessary to travel to other regions to stay with relatives, purchase groceries and generator fuel, etc. Take blankets, a first aid kit, snacks, and a cell phone with you when you leave, since outages and disasters lead to unexpected roadway problems.
Contact Family & Friends.
Your family and close friends will want to know you are safe during a disaster or major storm outage. Visit the American Red Cross Safe & Well website to register your family and update them about your welfare. You can also search for loved ones on the site.
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