Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe when the power goes out.
- Avoid downed power lines - always assume they are energized and therefore dangerous. Call 911 to report downed power lines. If you are driving and you have wires fall on your car, stop but DO NOT get out of your car. The second you touch the ground, you could be electrocuted. If you have a cell phone, call 911 and let them know exactly where you are. Help will arrive shortly. The power must be cut off before you can step outside. If you have children or a baby with you, let the 911 operator know this when you call. Always give as much information as possible but don't panic. professionals will come to your rescue soon. If you do not have a cell phone, open your window and let someone know to call 911.
- Reduce the risk of fire - Use flashlights instead of candles as a light source. Make sure to stock your emergency kit with flashlights and fresh batteries.Keep that kit in a place that everyone in your household will know. If you move that kit, let everyone else know where you are storing it. Power outages happen unexpectedly and therefore the least confusion that follows the better.
- Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning - Only use items like generators and BBQs outdoors.Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide detector. It could save your life. Many states and provinces now have laws making it mandatory to have at least one unit in your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas and you cannot see it so it could kill you and you would not even know it. Just like smoke detectors are mandatory in homes, the same importance should be given to carbon monoxide detectors. You can buy these at your local hardware box store or online.
- Drinking water - Check with your municipality to ensure your water is safe to drink. If you're unsure, use the water in your emergency kit. You should always have bottled water at home in the event of an emergency.
- Keep your eye on the weather - If the weather is hot, stay cool and hydrated. If the weather is cold, layer up clothing and blankets to keep body heat in.
- Food safety - Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A full freezer will keep food safe for up to 48 hours. That number drops to 24 hours if the freezer is half full. Remember: If in doubt, throw it out.Bacteria can start to form on thawed out food and food poisoning starts to kick in at that point. its better to get rid of it than to eat it and get sick.
For information on equipping your home with a standby generator, connect with the experts at Aurora Generators toll free at 1-877-510-6807 or visit our website at http://www.auroragenerators.com
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