If you’ve been notified that your home will be affected by a planned electric outage due to maintenance, here are some steps you can take to reduce the impact of the outage:
Keep important phone numbers (e.g., hospital, fire department, police, friends and relatives) in a convenient location in case you need emergency or other assistance.
Have a backup plan to maintain lifesupport equipment if you have it.
Keep a cell phone or hardwired, singleline telephone on hand. Cordless phones do not work without electricity.
Keep a flashlight with extra, fresh batteries in a convenient place. Avoid using candles because of the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please use extreme caution.
Turn off major appliances such as air conditioners and washers/dryers prior to the outage. This will prevent them from coming on unexpectedly when power is restored.
Turn off heatproducing appliances (e.g., ovens, stovetops and irons) prior to the outage. This will eliminate a fire hazard when the power comes back on.
Reset clocks, thermostats and other programmed equipment after power is restored.
Protect sensitive electronic equipment such as televisions and computers with surge suppressors. Unplug this equipment if it was in use when the power went out.
Make sure you can manually (without power) open your automatic garage door or gate or park your vehicle outside.
Make sure food stays cold by keeping your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. You can keep the refrigerator cold by placing ice in plastic containers and keeping them inside.Also, a full freezer will remain colder longer.
Notify your alarm company if you have an alarm system as equipment can be affected by power outages.
Keep on hand nonperishable food that doesn’t require cooking and make sure you have a manual can opener.