Things to Avoid During a Power Outage | Jennifer Mackay and the Panama City Realty Group

Posted by Jennifer Mackay - Owner on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 10:26am.

Panama City Real Estate SalesAs we're now in another Hurricane season, I thought it prudent to remind my customers, friends and family about a few things you want to avoid during a power outage.

In no particular order, here are just a few things to avoid during a power outage...

AVOID...

Lighting Candles

While many believe this is the first thing to do, in actuality it is something to avoid. While candles are certainly a mood enhancer and has it's place, they can cause a fire. They don't really provide strong lighting where as a lantern or flashlight would be more preferable as a light source.

Letting Your Phone's Battery Die

Playing on your phone or other wireless device for hours might seem like an appealing option to wallow away the time during a power outage. However, wouldn't it more prudent to save the battery for an emergency, news updates about the outage etc.?. If you can’t resist opening apps on your device, make sure you have a  portable phone charger, charged and ready to provide service to your devices in case your device runs out of battery.

Leaving your Electronics Plugged In

Unplugging  your electronics before the storm hits is an important consideration before a storm hits. A Lightning strike creates a massive surge of electricity as well as causes a lot of static electricity in the air and could damage your equipment. I know this first hand, having lost a laptop to static electricity during a storm BEFORE I became aware of methods to protect my appliances and electronics.

Likewise, you can install a surge protector in an electric panel, or plug sensitive electronics into a surge-protected power strip or even better a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)! I have several of these on my computers, on my TV and entertainment devices as well as on my stove and refrigerator!

You should still keep at least one lamp or device plugged in during a power outage so you'll know when the power comes back on!

Opening and Closing the Fridge Often

By opening and closing the refrigerator door lets cold air out which will not be re-cooled until the power comes back on. Unopened, your fridge can keep your food at a safe temperature for several hours.

Leaving Your Freezer Half-Empty

Food in a full freezer will stay frozen and good for at least 48 hours, but that number drops significantly for a less than full freezer. Why? Because your frozen food, and other frozen items act like ice packs. To keep a full freezer, you can put water bottles or gallon-sized freezer bags filled with water in and let them freeze prior to the storm.

In fact, during the summer months having a frozen bottle of pure water is a refreshing time out and only takes a few minutes to thaw in the summer heat.

Putting a Generator inside Your Garage

I'm sure you already know that your gas generator gives off toxic carbon monoxide. You want to keep the generator in open air and away from the house. A recommended distance from your home is 10-20 feet to avoid the fumes seeping back into the home/garage.

Remember: carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and it doesn’t take long to fall victim to carbon monoxide poisoning! Better to be safe than sorry!

One idea is to build a shelter for your generator! You can build a shelter to keep it safe and dry from the elements, especially during heavy winds, rain or snow. A wooden roof shelter over it will help protect it from the elements.

Neglecting to Stock Up on Water

Prior to a big storm, you want to make sure you're stocked with nonperishable food, and lots of bottled water. Sometimes, a power outage may cause a boil-water alert. You’ll want to have safe drinking water on hand for just such a situation. A recommended amount is at least one gallon of water for each person per day without electricity and don't forget your pets! They're people too.

If you don’t want to purchase store-bought water, you can empty and rinse old soda bottles or other containers, and fill them with clean water before the storm arrives.

I have a Zero water filter I use to fill up gallon milk jugs, ice tea containers and the like.

Also, consider filling up the bathtubs with water to use as a cleaning station.

These are just a few things you want to avoid prior to and during a power outage or storm.

Be safe, and be prudent!


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