Preparing for a Power Outage

October 12, 2015 by  
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When the power’s out, your business and your workers may face hazards that they don’t expect. Be aware of—and prepared for—the hazards of suddenly being powerless.

Here are some hazards you might not anticipate that can occur during power outages:

  • Fire. NEVER use candles during a power outage or power outage due to extreme risk of fire. Use only flashlights for emergency lighting. Prepare by laying in a supply of batteries.
  • Spoiled food. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep food as fresh as possible. If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage.
  • Power spikes. Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics when the power goes out. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage computers as well as motors.

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