The Shingletown Medical Center (SMC) would like to share with you ideas that can be helpful during the upcoming blustery months. One that is important during this time is to create a power outage plan and decide what you can do before, during and after a power outage to minimize the effect on your family.
Before the power goes out:
• Fill empty space in freezer with containers of water. Frozen water will displace air and keep food cold longer. Remember to leave space in containers for ice to expand.
• Have at least one phone with a handset cord in your home or a cell phone. Many cordless phones will not work in a power outage.
• If you have an automatic garage door opener, learn how to use the manual release and open your garage door manually.
• Try to keep your car’s gas tank at least half full. Many gas stations will not be in operation during a power outage. Fill up your tank if a major storm is predicted.
• Make sure you have a car or lighter plug cord for your cell phone.
• If you use special healthcare equipment like oxygen generators or dialysis equipment, notify your power company.
After the power goes out:
• Unplug major appliances and electronics. When the power comes back on, there may be power spikes that can damage large appliances or delicate electronics.
• Do not open refrigerators or freezers any more than necessary. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately 4 hours, an unopened freezer will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.
• Use a battery-powered radio to stay informed.