How to cope in a power cut

A power cut is more than a nuisance; it can result in pricey repairs and may even harmful. Here are some ideas to help keep you safe, help you to save money and live more conveniently during a blackout.

Preparing for power cuts

As utility services are busy trying to restore power, the whole network becomes unstable which can result in unpredictable power surges, often being harmful to electronics. It’s a good idea to go around your home and turn all electronics off during a blackout. Although you should leave just one light switched on so you’ll know when power is restored.

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Bring solar lights inside

Solar lights provide low level lighting at all hours, so you can save your flashlight battery for tasks that require more light. And unlike candles, they will not burn your house. Do not forget to set your outdoor lights outside again to recharge during the day during a blackout.

Beware of carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that is generated whenever something burns-and has been known to make people ill or even kill them. Make sure you fit working carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if needed.

Consider a generator

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Keep the freezer closed

With most freezers, foods will stay frozen for one to three days and below 40 degrees F for a few days, which helps during an outage. As a reminder, tape a “do not open” sign on the door.

Fill the tub

When the lights are off, there is a good chance that the water will stop flowing soon after. Fill bathtubs, sinks and buckets so you have supplies for washing, drinking and flushing toilets. Also remember that you have 40 gallons or more stored in your water heater.

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Charge with your car

When it’s time to recharge your phone or tablet in a blackout, do not forget your car. The battery holds a lot of power to charge things like mobile devices.

Do not take the risk

Outages pose a double risk: you are more likely to get injured in a blackout and less likely to get immediate emergency care. You might fall down the stairs in the dark or injure yourself with tools during a storm cleanup, for example. Should you require assistance, you may find that the emergency services are overrun or ambulances are held up by non-operating traffic lights or fallen tree blockages. Especially during a blackout, think before you act during the blackout.