Power Outage Tips

High winds, tornadoes, and ice storms can cause unavoidable power outages. Hart EMC offers these tips to help you prepare your home before potentially hazardous power outages happen:

  1. Assemble an emergency kit. It should include a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and candles, extra batteries, a first-aid-kit, a fire extinguisher, bottled water and non-perishable food.
  2. Keep an emergency supply of fuel or wood handy. For safety, always store fuel in a dry place away from the house.
  3. Stock up on blankets. They will not only keep you warm, you can hang them over windows and doorways to minimize heat loss.

If the power does go out:

  1. Check your fuses, see if the neighbors have lost their power, too, and then call Hart EMC.
  2. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for up to 12 hours.
  3. Leave on one light switch so you’ll know when power is restored. Unplug other appliances so they aren’t damaged when the power comes back on.

If you are using a kerosene or other fuel-burning heater, use it in a well-ventilated area. Do not ever burn charcoal indoors.