A power outage can happen at any time, but it's more likely to occur during storms or the heat of summer when energy usage is high. If you know in advance what to do, you can get through this event safely and as comfortably as possible. Follow these tips when your power goes out.
Stay Cool and Hydrated
- If the power goes out on a hot, sunny day, close the blinds or curtains to prevent heat gain through the windows.
- If your A/C was on before the power went out, keep doors and windows closed for a while to avoid letting warm air inside. In multi-level homes, move down to the lowest level.
- Stay cool by wearing loose, light clothing. Cool baths or showers also help.
- Drink plenty of water, but don't use tap water without first checking with local authorities to make sure the water is safe to drink.
What to Do With Food
- Each time you open the refrigerator or freezer, precious cold air will escape. Avoid opening them except when you absolutely must.
- If your freezer is only partly filled, push the frozen items together to keep them colder longer.
- If power is out for less than four hours, most refrigerated food should be safe. Food from the freezer may need to be eaten right away or thrown out if it's partially thawed, especially items that often harbor bacteria such as meats.
Hidden Dangers of Portable Generators
Portable generators can produce carbon monoxide (CO), which can build up to dangerous levels quickly. You can't see it or smell it, which makes this gas extra dangerous because it can sneak up on you. Never run a portable generator inside the home, in an attached garage or in other areas that might allow the gas to enter the home. A better solution can be a dedicated standby generator that will automatically take over in the event of a power outage.
For more information about being prepared when the power goes out and other issues related to home comfort and safety, contact the pros at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've been serving the greater Cleveland area since 1936.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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