Home Electrical Circuits
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of the electrical
    breaker panel
  • Turn off breakers for areas of concern
  • If in doubt, shut off main breaker. Check your house
    electrical meter. If it is on your home, there may be a
    main disconnect breaker next to it. If the underground
    service, it may be in front of your home; but there should
    be a main breaker where the line enters the home
  • Be sure to show others in the family where the breakers
    are locted in case of emergency
  • In case of basement flooding:
  • Think before stepping in any water
  • A shock hazard may exist even in an inch of water
  • If the electrical panel is upstairs, shut off all circuits
  • If the electrical panel is in the basement, determine
    whether it can be reached on dry ground. If not shut off
    the main breaker

Before a Power Outage
  • Learn location of fuse box or circuit breaker
  • Store candles, flashlights and extra batteries in
    convenient places
  • have food and water supplies on hand
  • Know the locations of all camping equipment: stove,
    lantern, sleeping bags. Make sure equipment requiring
    gasoline, propane, white fuel, Coleman fuel or charcoal
    briquettes outside only
  • Keep refrigerator well defrosted
  • Purchase & install approved surge protectos for
    appliances and electronics
During the Power Outage
  • Unplug all your electric equipment if you do not have
    surge protectors. A power surge could ruin appliances
    when power is restored
  • Turn off all but one light switch
  • Open refrigerator door only to take food out, close as
    quickly as possible.
  • Use camping equipment outside, six feet away from
    everything. Use only a fireplace, properly installed wood
    stove or a new-style kerosene heater in a safe area with
    fresh outside air coming into area
  • Report and downed lines
  • Do not allow children to carry lanterns, candles or fuel

After the Power Outage
  • When power is restored, plug in appliances one by one,
    waiting a few minutes between each one. This will
    prevent overloading the system.
  • Be patient. Energy may first be restored to police and
    fire deparments and hospitals
  • Examine your frozen food. If it still contains ice crystal, it
    may be refrozen. If meat is off-color or has an odd odor,
    throw it away


Emergency Control of Gas
  • If you detect the smell of natural gas, leave your home
    immediately. Do not use any electrical device
  • Check house piping, appliances and vents for damage
  • Check for fires or fire hazards
  • Do not use matches, lighters or other open flames
  • Do not operate electrical switches, appliances or battery-
    operated devices if you suspect natural gas leaks. This
    could create sparks that could ignite gas from broken
  • If gas line breakage is suspected, evacuate immediately
    and shut off the gas at the meter
  • Wear heavy shoes in all areas near broken glass or
    debris. Keep your head and face protected from falling
  • Turn on a battery-operated radio if no gas leaks are
    found or a car radio to receive disaster instructs
  • Do not use your telephone except in extreme emergency
  • Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor's house

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