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Power Outage Tips & Safety

2:52 PM, Jul 26, 2012   |    comments
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With storm chances on the rise for Friday, some of which could be strong, we went down to the Georgia Power Storm Command Center where they work around the clock to not only restore your power during bad storms, but also to get some very informative tips on what you can do if you lose power at your own home.

Tips:

-If the power is out for less than 2 hours all your food is fine as long as you did not open the refrigerator or freezer while the power was out. If the power it out longer than two hours, throw away most food that has been in the refrigerator, but not the freezer. (click here for the specifics on what food to discard or keep)

-Use grills, generators, and other such items outdoors and away from your house to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

-If your power has been out for several hours, check with local authorities to be sure your tap water is safe.

-Set flashlights in every room in case your power stays off through the night.

-"With today's smart phones you can go to the internet you can go to Georgia Power storm site," explains Aaron Strickland, the Georgia Power Emergency Operations Director. "You can go there to get information about outages and how to report them. In addition, we've got twitter that we report outage information, and you can send in questions".

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