Power Outages

When the Lights Go Out
  • If your house is the only one without power, check your fuse box or circuit breaker panel.
  • Turn off large appliances before replacing fuses or resetting circuits.
  • If power is out in the neighborhood, disconnect all electrical heaters and appliances to reduce the initial demand and protect the motors from possible low voltage damage.
  • If you leave home, turn off or unplug heat producing appliances.
  • Unplug computers and other voltage sensitive equipment to protect them against possible surges when power is restored.
  • Conserve water, especially if you are on a well.
  • Keep doors, windows and draperies closed to retain heat in your home.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If the door remains closed, a fully Reloaded freezer can keep foods frozen for two days.
  • Be extremely careful of fire hazards caused by candles or other flammable light sources.