7 Things You Should Never Do During a Power Outage

Power Outage

When it’s storming outside and the lights suddenly flicker or go out, everyone has the same thought—power outage! What do you do now? 

Power outages are frustrating for everyone involved. The interruptions and inconveniences of unexpectedly losing power, particularly when coupled with bad weather, are always a source of stress. 

However, there are certain things you must avoid during a power outage in order to keep yourself (and your loved ones) safe. 

Luckily, Prepaid Lights, the No. 1 prepaid electricity provider in the great state of Texas, is here to help! 

We’ve rounded up the 7 most important tips to remember during a power outage to help keep you and your family out of harm’s way while waiting for your power to be restored.

  1. DON’T forget to unplug expensive electronics. If you’ve been asking yourself what to unplug during power outages, make sure your most valuable appliances and/or electronics are at the top of your to-do list! This is a key piece of advice to help prevent damaging power surges once the power finally comes back on. 
  2. DON’T touch or attempt to handle downed power lines. Touching downed power lines could cause electrocution which can be fatal. If you’re wondering what to do (or not do) during a power outage, this tip is essential. 
  3. DON’T let kids or pets near downed poles or lines. Make sure children and pets stay far away from downed lines since their first impulse is to grab or touch whatever is on the ground. You simply can’t tell what lines are live or not, so alert the power company of downed lines or poles.  
  4. DON’T leave burning candles unattended. A common practice when the lights go out at night is to light some candles for quick, easy illumination in your home. This is fine for a brief time, but don’t let yourself fall asleep or leave the house with candles burning. Why? The answer is simple. They pose a huge fire risk. 
  5. DON’T waste your phone battery. This is a very hard-to-stick-to tip. You need to save your phone battery for as long as possible when the power is out, especially when you don’t know how long you’ll be without electricity. Try to only use your mobile device when it is absolutely necessary while during a power outage to maximize the charge. 
  6. DON’T unplug EVERYTHING. While tip No. 1 advises you (wisely) to unplug most appliances and electronics (especially the most valuable ones) don’t unplug every single item. You should leave at least one or two lamps plugged in so that you’ll have a source of light when power is restored, especially if the lights come back on at night. 
  7. DON’T open your refrigerator. Keeping your fridge door closed as long and as much as possible during an outage will help keep your food fresh. Opening the fridge while the power is out can cause cold air to escape. When the power is only out for about 4 hours or less, and you keep the door closed, your food should still be fine. 

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