How to be Prepared for a Power Outage
Determine if it's just you or a wider problem. Report the outage, then use the phone for emergencies only.
If you are indoors
- Tune into your local radio station using a battery powered or wind up radio for storm and power outage updates
- Turn off all appliances, including computers and those that generate heat, to help prevent hazards and damage when power is restored
- Unplug all major appliances so that the power doesn't surge once it has returned
- Turn off all lights except one inside and one outside
- Use candles with extreme caution; light sticks or wind up flashlights are preferred sources of light
- Don't open your freezer or refrigerator unless absolutely necessary
- Never use charcoal or gas barbeques, camping heating equipment or home generators indoors
If you are outdoors
- Never go near or touch a fallen power line. Assume it is live.
- Stay at least 10 metres away from fallen power lines and treat all lines as a danger
- Do not go near flooded areas; there could be live fallen power lines that you cannot see
- Always use charcoal or gas barbeques, camping heating equipment or home generators outdoors
If you are in your car
- Use extreme caution when driving through intersections.
- Always use the "four way" stop method when traffic lights are out
- Tune into your local radio station for storm and power outage updates