While most home power outages are very short, some can last much longer – up to days and even weeks. Whether caused by inclement weather or an accident that interferes with the power line, a power outage can leave you without heating/air conditioning, lighting, hot water or even running water. You can reduce the effect of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance, using this guide as your reference!
Here are a few steps you can take to ready your home for a power outage:
Stock your emergency kit
Every family should be prepared to cope on their own for at least 72 hours, depending on the severity of the power outage. If an emergency does happen, you won’t have time to put together a kit, so getting it done before any problems occur is very important. Your emergency kit should at the very least include flashlights and fresh batteries, first-aid supplies, bottled water, non-perishable foods and medication. For a full checklist outlining the recommended items for your emergency kit, check out the Toronto Hydro website, or the Government of Canada online!
Keep generators outdoors
Home generators can be useful during a power outage, but can also be very dangerous if they are not used properly. In order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, the generator should be installed outside your home, in an area that provides proper ventilation. The generator should never be placed in a garage or any room in your home.
Emergency plans and numbers
Put your power company’s number in your cell phone, as well as the numbers for any local authorities and other emergency contacts that you may need to reach in the event of an extended power outage. Equally as important as having the right numbers is having the right plan. A family emergency plan will save time and make stressful situations less so, by outlining safe exits from the home, meeting places to reunite with family, and designated persons to pick up children should you be unavailable. Using this Government of Canada online tool, you can create a family emergency plan in about 20 minutes!
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