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What’s Really Important When the Power Goes Out?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Candles lit during a power outage. There is a digital timer in the background. The room is dark. Rest assured power outages are usually very temporary and are a nice way to detune from our technology-filled lives.

You are watching television with your family during a thunderstorm. When BOOM! The lights go out.

We have all been in this situation before. But what truly is the best thing to do when the lights go out?

SERVPRO of Mercer County has detailed the important steps you should take before you light those candles and bust out the board games.

If the power is out due to an issue in your home, don't wait. Call an electrician as soon as you can to get your power up and running.

  1. Check the Circuit Breakers

Always check the circuit breakers first. All breakers should be on the “on” side, but if a breaker tripped, it would have moved to the “off” side. Make sure all breakers are in the same position. If all the breakers are in the “on” position, turn off the main breaker and then switch it back “on”.

      2. Call your local Power Company

Chances are they will be on top of it…but if you do not see a down line and your power is still out, call your local power company and inform them. 

      3. Preserve Food

You might be hanging around for a while. Try not to open the refrigerator or freezer to preserve the cold air. Order a pizza instead of allowing the cold air to escape the freezer or fridge.

     4. Unplug Major Appliances

Do not unplug the fridge. But other appliances can get damaged when the power comes back on due to a surge.

     5.Don't Try To DIY

Electrical work should always be done by a skilled professional or tradesman. This could save your life and prevent further damage to your home.

Rest assured power outages are usually very temporary and are a nice way to detune from our technology-filled lives. Make sure to take essential steps, and you can detune calmly knowing that you and your family will be safe until the power comes back.

Should you need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Mercer County. We are at your service and ready to help 24/7.

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