As severe storms race through the south east region of the country, thousands of people will lose power. Viewpoints Industry TV offers some reminders about what to do when the power blinks off.
If it is still daylight, find some working flashlights and keep them in an easily accessible place like a kitchen counter or in a box on the coffee table. Also, locate any candles and matches and put them someplace where it’s easy to find and light them when needed.
Unplug any piece of equipment that was turned on before the power went out. This included stoves, microwaves, TVs and lamps. Power surges are common as the power company works to get everyone back up and running, and surges can ruin anything that is still turned on and plugged in. Be safe. Unplug everything unnecessary.
Leave one lamp or an overhead light turned on to determine when the power is back on.
Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed unless absolutely necessary to open. This will keep the items in them fresher longer.
Viewpoints Industry also suggests keeping cool by drinking plenty of water – at least a glassful every 20 minutes. Dampen bandanas or washcloths in cool water and press them on the neck, forehead and wrists to cool down.
Purify tap water by letting it boil at a roiling pace for a minute. Of course, this only works for those with a gas stove. Those without a gas stove can do the following to purify contaminated water:
⅛ of a teaspoon can be added for every gallon of clear water, or ¼ teaspoon of bleach for each gallon of cloudy water. Stir well and let stand for at least 30 minutes before you use it. Disinfected water should be stored in clean containers that have tight covers.
Stay safe and healthy during a power outage.
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