Make sure that all computers and other electronic equipment, such as televisions, VCRs, DVD players and stereo equipment are plugged into surge protectors.
If you know a power outage is coming:
- Back up all critical files on your computer.
- Unplug electrical equipment. Spikes and surges could occur as power is restored, damaging equipment.
- Charge any batteries you need to run portable electronic devices that you use regularly.
- Make sure that your disaster supply kit is complete and that it can be found easily if the lights go out.
If your power goes out:
- Use a flashlight only for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
- Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power supply returns.
- Practice proper generator and surface heater safety.
- Leave one light turned on so you know when power is restored.
- Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion.
- If power is restored, be certain it is steady before you plug equipment into it.
- Listen to battery-powered radios to stay informed.
- Emergency officials will tell you when the blackout is over and when a reliable stream of power is restored.