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September is National Preparedness Month!

How to be prepared for a Power outage
Below are tips on how to best prepare for a power outage:

Purchase needed items for your home, office and car including:
Flashlights, batteries, AM/FM battery powered radio, rechargeable power failure lights, wind up or battery alarm clock, and light sticks. Have a 72 hour emergency kit for each family member.

Keep cash and change on hand. In power failures ATMs may not work and you may need to make a phone call at a pay phone.
Phones with answering machines and cordless phones are power dependent. Have at least one phone that does not require power in case you need to call 911. Keep your cell phone powered up.

Familiarize yourself with your main electrical panel. You may have to turn off the main breaker or have to reset circuit breakers after an outage.

If you use your fireplace for heat, be responsible! Don’t burn wood with paint or stain. Do not leave an open flame. Make sure you close your fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying. Do not store newspapers, kindling, or matches near the fireplace. If you use candles for lighting, place them on a fire proof surface.

Make sure you have smoke detectors in appropriate rooms. Change the batteries regularly, preferably every 6 months, and test them monthly. If your smoke detectors are wired directly into the electrical system of your home they will not operate during a power failure unless the batteries are working. Special smoke detectors are available for people with hearing impairment.
Have a fire extinguisher and know how to operate it. Have a fire evacuation plan and practice fire drills.

During the power outage, unplug all small appliances and electronics to avoid damage from power surge. Leave one low wattage incandescent light on so you know when the power comes back on.

When power comes back on you may have to reset your clocks, microwave ovens, programmable thermostats, burglar and fire alarms.


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