What To Do During An Extended Outage

What To Do During An Extended Outage

If electricity is the only source of heat for your home, go in and out of the house as little as possible during cold weather.

Keep drapes and shades closed on the shady side of the house to keep heat in. If the sun is bright open the shades to warm the house on the southern exposure.

Food will remain frozen for up to two days. Food will keep approximately one day in the refrigerator if the door is not opened. Every time the door is opened, the length of time food will keep is reduced. The condition and age of the refrigerator and freezer door gaskets are a key factor in the length of time food will keep before thawing or spoiling.

Use a cooler to store milk, fruit and other frequently used foods to reduce the number of times the door is opened.

In cold weather, the inside house temperature will have to fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for freezing of water pipes to begin. It may be helpful to open faucets and let them drip until power is restored. Turning the water heater breaker off until the water system is completely full again may prevent damage to the heating elements after power is restored.

Layered blankets or clothing will keep you warmer than one single layer. Air trapped between the layers provides insulation to help retain body heat.

Food and Water Safety before and after power outages