Since we live in the modern age, we depend so much upon an electrical current. A power outage can be a frustrating, occasionally costly and sometimes even a dangerous incident. Being left with no lights and without functioning appliances can be an annoyance and a hazard when prolonged. In this article, we’ll take a look at what you can do during a power outage to ensure your family’s safety as well as examine just what household electrical services with Enviromax can do to prevent outages and help you find your way through the dark.

Don’t Panic!

During any type of power outage, it is important to stay calm. If possible, check with neighbors to see if they have power to determine if the problem may be inside of your home. If this is the case, contact your local household electrical service. An experienced electrician with Enviromax will be dispatched to repair your service as quickly as possible. If this is not the case, keeping your composure and not panicking becomes even more important. Keeping a small selection of supplies can help you feel better prepared for an outage and ultimately help you stay calm during an outage. A supply list should include, but is not limited to:

  • Flashlights and battery powered radio
  • Batteries for battery operated appliances
  • Candles, matches, and lighters
  • Basic first aid
  • A small supply of food and water

Disconnect!

Whether the power outage you’re experiencing is a long term blackout or a short term outage, it is important to unplug all appliances and turn off lights. You do not want to expose them to a power surge when electricity is on again. Remember to leave one light on to alert you when power is back on. When electricity is back, wait a few moments before plugging these appliances back in. This way, you will not place too huge a demand on your supplier’s recovering electrical system.

Don’t Fall Under the Weather!

Regardless what time of year you experience a power outage, weather conditions can have a massive effect on your ability to conquer the darkness. If you’re experiencing an outage during the summer, keep refrigerators and freezers cold and wrapped in blankets to better insulate the appliances. Generally, frozen foods are edible if there are still ice crystals on the packaging or product itself. Dressing comfortably should be a priority and natural ventilation is useful to keep your home cool.

During the winter, power outages can be much more dangerous. Dressing for insulation becomes a must. Several layers of clothing provide much more heat than one large layer. Also, consider moving to a single room for maximum heat gain.

In either climate, notifying your electric provider if you have members of the household on life supporting equipment will provide you with priority. Anyone effected by climate-related health conditions or any major health conditions should be taken to a church or community center where their needs can be met.

Therefore, there are many things our Enviromax electrical technicians can do to prevent power outages as well as assist you during an incident. Keeping your home HVAC and electricity in order can help later in emergency situations, like a power outage. Alerting Enviromax of outages will also allow us to dispatched our trained electricians to solve the issue.