Is Cut Off
Problem: Electrical power is
cut off to home because of storms, tornadoes, floods, or
other mechanical failures.
Background: Fortunately most power outages today
are only temporary. If a storm knocks down a power line
near your home, stay away from it. Call the fire or police
department for help in keeping people away, and report the
downed line to your electric utility immediately.
What to do: If the power goes off, unplug or turn
off major appliances in use when power went out. This will
help eliminate the need for a large surge of electric
power when the service returns. Such a surge could damage
your TV or appliances and the electric distribution system
in addition to prolonging the outage. Leave at least one
light switched on so you will know when the power is
restored. When power returns, wait a few minutes before
turning on lights and appliances, then turn them on one at
a time. If the power goes off again right after it has
been restored, check the fuses and circuit breakers to be
sure they haven’t blown or tripped. To help keep food cold
as long as possible, do not open freezer or refrigerator
doors unless absolutely necessary. If outage cuts off heat
in cold weather, see Fuel
Supply Is Cut Off.
Special advice: As with most emergencies, it’s best
to be prepared be forehand. Assemble emergency supplies,
such as candles, matches, fresh batteries, a flashlight,
and a battery-powered radio, in a special cabinet or
drawer in your home.
Helpful hint: If
lighting your home with candles or oil lamps during an
outage, placing them near light- colored walls or mirrors
at shoulder height can increase illumination. Be careful
to keep open flames out of drafts, away from draperies and
upholstery, and out of the reach of children.