When the power goes out during a storm you're literally left in the dark. And when it comes to food and safety, there's a lot to know. Here's a quick checklist to help you through your outage.
1. STAY INFORMED
• GEORGIA POWER OUTAGE MAP | http://bit.ly/2jhSnIc
• GEORGIA EMC OUTAGE MAP | http://bit.ly/2xVx29J
• REPORT AN OUTAGE | Georgia Power: http://bit.ly/2jgwh94
• REPORT AN OUTAGE | Georgia EMC: http://bit.ly/2gXMEmn
• IF YOU SEE DOWNED POWER LINES | Call 1-888-891-0938
• Keep your refrigerator/freezer doors closed. A closed refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours and a freezer about 48 hours.
• Has your power been out longer than the hours listed above? Foodsafety.gov has a chart that shows which foods you should throw out and which are still safe to consume. Click link to view chart: http://bit.ly/2daxsl5
• Be cautious when using emergency lighting. Ready.gov encourages the use of flashlights over candles since candles can easily start a fire.
• Have a generator? Never use one inside a home or garage. Ready.gov also says a generator should never be connected to a home's electrical system.
• Never use camp stoves, charcoal-burning grills or propane/kerosene heaters indoors.
• Carbon monoxide is always a concern during an outage. Do not use gas stovetops or ovens as heat sources as they pose risks of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Avoid any unnecessary travel as traffic lights will also be out in your area
• Avoid downed power lines. If you see one, you can report it by calling this number 1-888-891-0938.
4. ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
• Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
• If you leave one light on you'll know when the power comes back on
5. STILL HAVE POWER? PREPARE FOR AN OUTAGE
• Charge up and keep your cellphones and battery-powered devices charged now. Keep any alternative chargers nearby. Here's a list from Ready.gov to keep tech ready: www.ready.gov/get-tech-ready
• More tips from Ready.gov
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