What to do during a power outage

by Patty Sieber 12/04/2022

Power outages happen for a variety of reasons like storms, grid issues, damage to components of the grid and many others. While a power outage may not be considered as directly dangerous as what may cause a power outage, there are still facets to keep in mind.

Here are some tips for making it through a power outage:

Medical devices & other electronics

One of the biggest items to remember when, or even before, the power outage occurs is electronic necessities, such as monitors, medical devices or support electronics. You’ll want to ensure you have some source of backup power for such an occasion.

For example, if an item has a battery - even if it’s rechargeable - keep a spare or two in case the power doesn’t return for a prolonged period of time. Likewise, power generating batteries with auxiliary plugs are another great option for keeping your mandatory electronic devices functioning.

Food storage

Food kept in a pantry or other dry areas should be fine during a power outage. In fact, keeping cold food cold is one of the bigger challenges during a period without electricity. To keep things from spoiling, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to help keep your food cold and at safe temperatures for preservation.

If you have excess food that needs refrigeration, try using a heavily insulated cooler and copious amounts of ice to help keep everything from spoiling.

Generators & carbon monoxide detectors

Most appliances will not work during a power outage. However, it’s still important to have a working carbon monoxide detector, especially if using a generator. Anything that could give off exhaust could result in carbon monoxide poisoning. With working carbon monoxide detectors, you and your household can stay safe.

Be sure that whichever carbon monoxide detector you choose has a backup battery in case something happens to the primary one.

Sometimes, sudden power outages can be taxing, especially if you know what to do. In power outage situations, keep safety tips at the top of your mind, especially if it’s during a storm or other natural disaster. Be wary of exterior dangers like downed power lines. Keep medical equipment active with backup batteries and have a battery-powered radio handy.

About the Author

Patty Sieber

My 30 year Sales & Marketing career in the DC area contributes to my success in market knowledge, contract negotiating and implementing marketing campaigns that work. I enjoy helping my clients through every step of the sales & settlement process whether they are buying or selling their home. Client satisfaction is my #1 goal and that turns into client referrals which are priceless. When I decided to make Real Estate my full time career, I chose Stuart & Maury, Inc. Realtors because they have the "hometown" expertise, the technology resources and they value the personalized service that I give each client. Whether you are new to the area, expanding your family or downsizing towards retirement; let me help you find your new home... or list your current home. At Stuart & Maury, we have the market knowledge, creative resources and the "know how" for all of your real estate needs!