12 Tips To Keep Families Safe and Warm When the Power Goes Out and Freezing Temperatures Arrive


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1.  Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand.  Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.


2.  After the power goes out, make sure to turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.


3.  Resist the temptation to call 911 for information during power outages.  Instead use your battery-powered radio for information.


4.  Keep your car fuel tank at least half full as gas stations rely on electricity to operate their pumps and may not have back-up-power.


5.  Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from ATMs or banks.


6.  Be a volunteer snow angel.  Volunteer to check on elderly neighbors, friends, or relatives who may need assistance during the outage.


7.  Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.  The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.  Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.


8.  If you are using a gas heater or fireplace to stay warm, be sure the area is properly ventilated.


9.  Arrange ahead of time with family, friends, or neighbors for a place to go if you have an extended outage.  If you have nowhere to go, head to a designated public shelter.  Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 to find the nearest shelter in your area.


10.  Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food on hand, and have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand.


11.  Avoid opening the fridge or freezer.  Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than four hours.


12.  Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.  Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.


For more information, tips and resources for winter safety visit Flash.org and the Great Winter Weather Prep preparedness campaign.