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Be Safe in a Power Outage

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Be Safe in a Power Outage

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]