Power Outage Safety

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only. Generators should be used at least 20 feet away from your home.
  • Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat. After a power outage never taste food to determine its safety. You can use this chart as a guide. When in Doubt, Throw it Out! 
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
  • In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
  • Avoid downed power lines, if a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle.
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home. 
  • If your heat goes out and you decide you can safely stay in your home, do the following:
    • Close off unneeded rooms to avoid wasting heat. 
    • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors. 
    • Close blinds or curtains to keep in some heat. 
    • Eat enough food. 
    • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. 
Safe Food During Power Outage
Safe Food After Power Outage