Your electronics and appliances can be vulnerable to outages too, and knowing how to care for them during power losses will help keep you safe and protect them from damage.
1. Unplug Appliances
Televisions, computer equipment, advanced technology washers and dryers, game consoles, fans, lights, etc., should be unplugged, especially if they were in use when the power went out.
2. Use Surge Protectors
It’s strongly recommended that expensive electronics be unplugged during an outage to protect them from power surges when electricity is restored, but for when you can’t unplug, surge protectors will help prevent damage to electronics like computers and televisions.
3. Keep the Fridge & Freezer Closed
Make sure food stays as cold as possible, by keeping refrigerator and freezer doors closed and placing blocks of ice inside.
4. Turn Out the Lights
Turn all light switches and lamps off except for one, so you will know when power returns. If the power is still out when you go to sleep, leave a bedroom light on to wake you so you can safety check your home.