October Fact Sheet: Power
Be able to safely meet your basic needs during an electrical outage.
Things to do
Below is a list of thing that you can do to achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.
We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.
Power Outage Safety
- Discard food if the temperature in your refrigerator exceeds 40 degrees for more than 2 hours.
- Stay away from downed power lines and anything they are in contact with such as fences or buildings.
- Never drive over downed power lines; they may be energized.
- Never use charcoal or gas grills inside a structure. You may be overcome by carbon monoxide.
If you must use candles, be sure to use them safely. Never leave candles burning unattended.
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