In case the power goes out

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  • Practice energy conservation to help your power company avoid rolling blackouts.
  • Always keep your car fuel tank at least half full. Gas stations use electricity to operate pumps.
  • Know how to manually release your electric garage door.
  • Protect your computer with a surge protector
  • If the power goes out, check your fuse box or circuit breaker, or contact your neighbors to see if the outage is limited to your house.
  • Turn off computers, stereos, televisions and appliances you were using when the power went off. Leave one light on so you know when power is restored.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer doors. Food will remain fresh for up to four hours after the power goes off. If you know the power outage may happen freeze water in plastic bottled to keep food cool longer.
  • If the outage is expected to last for several days or more, consider relocating to a shelter or a friend's home.


If you plan to use a generator, operate it outside only, not in the basement or garage. Do not hook it up directly to your homes wiring. Instead, connect the equipment and appliances you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.