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Safety Tips For Power Outages in Red Bud, IL

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Be prepared when there is a power outage in your neighborhood.

A raccoon accidentally chews on power lines, an ice storm in January, a car colliding with a utility pole. These are all examples of things that can cause a power outage. Power outages are often harmless, but if one were to occur during a heavy storm or flooding, the situation can quickly become very dangerous. It is beneficial to practice these power outage safety tips to save you and your property.

Things to do before a power outage:

  1. Stock a designated location with flashlights, batteries, and candles.
  2. Make sure you have nonperishable food that is easily accessible. 
  3. Have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home with a battery backup.

What to do in the case of a power outage:

  1. If there is extreme heat or cold, make sure to find a safe place where it is a reasonable temperature.
  2. Know what temperatures your medications need to stay within.
  3. Keep fridge and freezer doors closed so food stays cold longer.
  4. Unplug electronics so when the power comes back, they do not short out.

Things to do after a power outage:

  1. Determine the temperature of perishable foods to ensure that they are safe to eat.
  2. Discard any food items that have perished.
  3. If your medication has also perished, contact your doctor about what to do next.
  4. Be proactive and replenish stocks of batteries, flashlights, and candles for the next possible power outage.

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties wants you to always be safe during any disaster. If your home or business has storm damage or you have any questions about power outages, call us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

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