Hurricane season is here! While a power outage can happen at any time throughout the year, it’s a good idea to keep this situation in mind and think about how you and your family can prepare for an unexpected power outage. Do you know what to do when the power goes out? Follow this checklist to keep yourself and your family safe.
What to do when the power goes out:
- Utilize flashlights and battery-powered radios. Make sure that your home has these essentials, as well as extra batteries, at all times!
- Keep the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible.
- To preserve food after 4 or more hours of a power outage, pack food items from the fridge into a cooler with ice if possible.
- Freezers that are full of food will keep food safely maintained for up to 48 hours. However, the less full the freezer is the less efficient it is. Half-full freezers will only preserve the food items for up to 24 hours.
- Using a food thermometer, check the temperature of all food items before heating and/or consuming. Discard any food that is warmer than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If possible, boil or treat all tap water before consuming. According to the CDC, a rolling boil lasting at least 1 minute will kill most organisms in water. When the power goes out, the water purification systems in your area may no longer be functioning. Keeping a case of bottled water in your home in case of emergency is also a good solution for this!
- If the power goes out in the winter, keep your family safe by layering warm clothes, hats, and blankets.
Knowing these safety precautions ahead of time can help reduce the amount of stress and safety concerns for your family in the event of an unexpected outage. For more information about preparing for an emergency or protecting your home, contact your Liberty Insurance agent today!