As a family, it is important to have a plan in case of emergencies. If kids are old enough, they should be taught about the proper procedures during an emergency. Here are some tips from my local power company on what to do if the power goes out. This is good information to keep handy or remember in case of emergencies.
Stay calm. Do not panic.
Use a flashlight to see. Never use candles during a power outage or other emergency.
Locate and make sure all family members are accounted for.
Turn off or disconnect any appliances or electronic equipment that was in use at the time of the power went out.
Leave one light switched on so you will know when the power is restored.
It you are cold, don’t light a fire indoors. Put on layers of warm clothing instead.
Leave the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep the food as cool as possible.
Check your main switch, circuit breakers or fuses. Switch-off all appliances on the affected circuit and reset your circuit breakers by pushing the breaker to the extreme OFF position before resetting to the ON position.
If your power is not restored by resetting the circuit breaker, call your local power provider to report the outage and request assistance. Keep all family members accounted for and safe while waiting for power to come back on specially at night time.
Do you have other useful tips during a power outage?