Times were definitely tough these past couple of days especially considering many of us were without power. Here are some tips for when power is restored after a power outage in Connecticut.
- When the power comes back on, wait a few minutes before turning on the main switch. To give the electrical system a chance to stabilize, turn on essential appliances first, then gradually turn on other electronics.
- Reset digital clocks, timers, alarms, network routers and other essential items.
- If you opened your automatic garage door manually using the emergency release cord during a power failure, you’ll need to reconnect the door to the opener. See the manufacturer’s instructions for details.
- If your HVAC won’t turn on after a storm, you may need to restart it. Some units require you to turn off the thermostat, reset the circuit breaker and wait a period of time before restarting the system. Other models may require some other combination of steps or even have a reset button. Check the owner’s manual for restart instructions for your unit. If you have any doubts, or if the circuit breaker shuts off again after resetting it.
For Your Safety
- If the power outage was the result of a storm, flood or other natural disaster, check your property for damage. Report any fallen power lines. Don’t touch or go near any downed lines.
- Clean up any tree debris that may be a hindrance.
- Don’t use any flooded electrical outlets, appliances or circuit breaker boxes until they’ve been checked by a professional.
- Never enter a flooded basement or room unless you’re certain the power has been disconnected.
- Check your yard for fallen trees or limbs. A gas or electric chainsaw can make quick work of any stray timber.
- If you have a basement, check it for flooding if the power outage was the result of a storm.
- Check food in your refrigerator and freezer, and discard any spoiled items. Don’t be misled by the food’s appearance, and never taste the food to determine if it’s safe. Refrigerated food will be safe for up to four hours during a power outage.
- If food has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees F or higher (4 degrees C) for two or more hours, harmful bacteria can develop, so you should toss it out. This is especially true of perishable food, like eggs, meat, fish, poultry, soft cheeses and most dairies, if the power has been off for four or more hours.
- If food in the freezer has begun to defrost, cook it right away or throw it out. Food that still has crystals can be refrozen. Typically, a full freezer of food will stay frozen for 48 hours. If the freezer is only half full, that number drops to 24 hours.
Plan for a Future Power Outage in Connecticut
- Replace any items in your emergency kit used during an outage.
- If you live in an area frequently impacted by severe weather, consider investing in a generator.
- Develop an emergency plan that includes a list of emergency contacts, evacuation route and how you’ll receive emergency warnings and alerts.
- Use surge protectors to help protect your electronics.
Help During this Current Power Outage in Connecticut –