Along with summer storms comes the threat of severe weather throughout the summer. There are many threats that accompany the storms along with the possibility of a power outage for a prolonged amount of time. As we experience more extreme temperatures in the summer our local utilities work to stabilize the power grid during a very high energy demand.
To be sure your household prepare consider these tips and plan ahead.
- Be prepared for an outage and have vital materials on hand. Make sure you have a flashlight with batteries that work. A battery-operated lantern is better than candles. Candles are romantic but potentially dangerous. I have a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.
- Assemble an emergency kit and advance. The kit should have spare flashlights, a battery-operated radio, plenty of extra batteries for battery-operated devices, bottled water, and non-perishables. For colder weather, you need blankets and hand warmers.
- Find out why the power is out. Check the main electric panel to see if it was tripped and simply needs to be turned back on. Check with your neighbors to see if the power is out for them. Call the utility company and report the outage.
- Turn off all your appliances. When power returns there will be a surge of electrical energy that could damage equipment like computers laptops or televisions. Restarting appliances can almost double the amount of electricity that they use when running normally.
- Stay as comfortable as possible. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Migrate your family to a room that they can retain a comfortable temperature. Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.