LETTER: Weather may affect your electrical service

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With the worst of winter likely yet to come, we may need to be reminded that we might have to spend 48 hours without electricity if a major winter storm hits and electrical service is lost.

If you have medical devices that run on electricity, make arrangements in advance for an alternative place to stay during a severe electrical outage.

Here are some other precautions:
• Store water and nonperishable food items for emergencies.
• Purchase a battery-operated radio and flashlight. Remember that flashlights are safer than candles.
• Keep on hand extra batteries and a first-aid kit.
• Keep on hand a seven-day supply of medicines.
• Remember, you can set your alarm on your cell phone, which doesn’t require electricity. If you don’t own a cell phone, keep on hand a wind-up alarm for times when the electricity is out.
• Cell phones need to be charged. You can charge a cell phone off your car battery with an appropriate adapter.
• In advance, know how to release your garage door to operate manually.
• Keep a noncordless phone, which will work without electricity.
• Keep your car’s gas tank full.
• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for 4 hours. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours if the door stays closed. Reduce that to 24 hours if the freezer is half full.
• Use refrigerated foods first. Save nonperishable items for later use.

Tell City Electric Department