Six tips to help you prepare for blackouts

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Storms potentially lead to down power lines and blackouts. STAY AWAY from down wires and report them to your electric utility or police department. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The National Preparedness Community has provided the following six tips to aid us all in case of a blackout. As we approach spring and the potential for rain storms and other situations that can lead to power outages, please keep these tips handy.

Tips to prepare for blackouts below!

  1. Follow energy conservation measures to reduce electricity usage, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.
  1. Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer. Leave about an inch of space inside each one to account for expansion. Chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  1. Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
  1. Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  1. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help in lifting it.
  1. Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.

So now we’re asking for your input, how do you prepare for blackouts?

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