CDC offers these tips to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power. Here are a few highlights for dealing with the various aspects of an outage.
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
- If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
- Wear layers of clothing, which will help to keep in body heat.
Avoid power lines and use electrical tools and appliances safely to prevent electrical shock.
View the full press release: What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly [PDF]