Power Blackout Tips

By: Advocate Brokerage

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A late-season snowstorm headed the tri-state area last week. Forecasters expected this storm to result in a number of disruptions varying from travel disruptions to power outages. For this reason, we want to share with you more tips on how to prevent from natural disasters.

Power outage, lack of electricity and fear can combine to do heavy damage to your property if you aren’t ready for them. By following the power blackout tips below, you can help save your food and property if a disaster were to occur.

For Your Home

  • Use a surge protector to protect your electronics.
  • Back up all critical files on your computer regularly.
  • Have one or more coolers ready for long-term delays.
  • Keep nonperishable foods on hand.
  • If you have room, fill jugs of water an inch from the top and keep them in your freezer. If the power goes out, the jugs of ice will slow the defrosting of your freezer.

During A Blackout

The most important thing to remember if a power blackout occurs is to save electricity.

  • Use a flashlight; never use candles.
  • Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power returns.
  • Don’t run a generator inside your home. Generators create carbon monoxide, which could poison anyone in the house.
  • Leave one light on so you know when power has resumed.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car.
  • If power is restored, be sure it’s steady before plugging your equipment in.
  • Don’t open the refrigerator or freezer. A freezer that is half full will hold for up to 24 hours, a full one for 48 hours.
  • If power will be out for two to four hours, pack milk, dairy products, meats, fish, poultry, eggs and leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice.
  • After the power outage is over, check your frozen and refrigerated items with a thermometer to make sure they’re still safe to eat.

You can track the weather alerts for NY, NJ & CT by clicking the appropriate links.

For more tips on how to stay safe visit the American Red Cross and Ready.gov.

Stay safe, and always count on us!

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