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March 29, 2021

The Things You Should and Shouldn’t Do in a Power Outage


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Many of us may not realize how much we depend on electricity until it is gone. So many of our devices these days rely on electricity, including computers, TVs, game consoles, refrigerators, lights, and phones. A power outage in your area can be unsettling and potentially dangerous. Here are some tips to help you weather a power outage.

Tips to follow when the power goes out:

DO -

Make sure you have enough water

If possible, and depending on the outage's magnitude, need enough water to last the entire week. For example, during a hurricane, water treatment facilities can go offline for several days, and the distribution system can get damaged. You may also need several days of extra water for personal hygiene.

Be sure to keep a light on

Keeping a light on makes it easy for you to know when the power comes back on.

Switch on the faucets

It is essential to take the needed precautions to prevent freezing your pipes during cold winters. Turn your faucets to a trickle to prevent the cold from freezing your pipes.

Please keep your distance from downed power lines.

Keep a safe distance from power lines on the ground.  You should alert emergency services about the lines from a safe space.

DO NOT -


You shouldn't light candles.

Use a lantern instead of candles if you require light. Candles can cause fires, and they aren't a strong source of light.

Be careful not to let your phone run out of battery

Switch off your phone when your power goes out for an extended period so that you can have it handy during emergencies.

Do not leave electronic devices plugged in

The power can return at any time, causing a surge of electricity that can damage electronics. Unplug your electronics or invest in surge protectors to protect them from power spikes. Automatic standby generators can come equipped with whole-house surge protectors.

It would help if you didn't open the fridge.

Make sure the refrigerator and freezer doors are closed. That way, you can keep food cold longer. A full freezer keeps things insulated; each item in it acts like water. If you suspect a power outage will occur, you can fill water bottles with water and place them inside to provide insulation.

You shouldn't keep a generator in your garage

Whether you own a portable generator or not, you should never run one in your garage, even with the door open. A generator puts out a flammable and deadly gas when it works. Never run one inside of an enclosed space.

Make sure your generator isn't backfed.

You can back feed your generator into the grid if your generator is hooked up incorrectly to your home. Back-feeding into the grid can deliver lethal amounts of electricity to workers trying to resolve the problem.


If you have a home standby generator, most of the above issues are eliminated. When an outage is detected, your home generator delivers power when you need the power, and after its utility power is restored, it stops itself. This option is safer and easier for everybody to use. If you are ready to buy a whole house generator for your house or if you have a few questions before you buy, contact us today.  We are ready to help.