Planning for Power Outages

There are a lot of things that can cause power outages, such as:

  • Severe storms
  • High winds
  • Earthquakes
  • Power surges
  • Brownouts
  • Blackouts
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Accidents

Though outages can be unpredictable, there are some simple things that you can do to stay safe if they happen to you.

Emergency Plan

Having a power outage emergency plan is the most essential part of being prepared. Here’s a tip a lot of people forget to put on their emergency preparedness checklist: know where your emergency release lever on your electric garage door is. That way, you can get your car in and out in the event of an outage. It’s also a smart idea to hide a spare key outside your home, especially if you usually depend on your garage door as your main entryway.

Safety First

  • Stay away from downed power lines and anything that touches them.
  • Never use your outdoor stove, gas grill, or heater indoors.
  • Keep candles and any other open flame away from pets and small children.

Emergency Kit Essentials:

At a minimum, have these items in your emergency kit, and keep the kit in an easily accessible place:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Battery-powered Radio
  • Bottled Water
  • Camping Equipment
  • Cell Phone


Charge your Phone

If you have advance warning of an outage, charge your phone immediately. Try to keep a full battery by disabling non-essential apps and turning down the brightness of your screen.

Want to know more about power outage safety? Contact MaintenX today.