There are many things we can be grateful for each and every day. Most days it is easy to find these things but when we have a bad day it can be much harder. On these days we can look for the simple things that we overlook on a regular basis but that we are truly appreciative of. Modern technology provides us with a whole list of things that we can be thankful for. Just think of how grateful you are to have electricity! Sometimes we do not fully recognize how thankful we are for our electricity until it goes out. If your power goes out do you know what to do? Here at Peterkin Electric we get calls from people who are panicked that their power is out. They simply have no idea what to do when their power goes out. Thankfully we have some tips for you just in case your power goes out.
Power Outages During Storms
It may seem strange to be talking about power outages now that winter has ended. Most people associate power outages with crazy winter storms. While many power outages do happen as a result of winter storms they still happen during the summer months too. Summer thunderstorms and accidents can cause power outages as well.
What to Do in a Power Outage
The first thing that you will want to do is check and see if the power is out around you as well. Check with your neighbors and see if they have power. If you are the only one with a power outage there is clearly something inside your home that you will need to address. You can check your fuses and circuit breakers to see if they are the cause of the problem. You can replace a fuse or reset your circuit breaker to see if that solves the problem. If those things do not work you will want to call Peterkin Electric. We can come out and see what other issues might be causing your power outage. When you check with your neighbors you may find that their power is out as well. If this happens you will want to call your electric company. Many times they are already aware of the power outage and have a recorded message that will give you information about how long they are expecting the repair to take.
Unplug Appliances & Other Things You Need to Do During a Power Outage
Once you have that all figured out you need to start worrying about what to do in your home. You will want to unplug your appliances and electrical items. This includes microwaves, televisions, and computers. Unplugging these will help your appliances from being damaged when the power comes back on. Once your power is back on you will want to wait a few minutes before plugging everything back in and turning them on.
How Long Does Food Last in the Fridge when the Power Goes Out?
You will want to make sure that you are careful with your refrigerators and freezers while the power is out. The food in them can stay good for a long time if you are careful. Keep the doors to your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. Depending on how long the power is out your food will stay good if you do not open the doors.
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Just remember to stay calm if the power is out. Hopefully it will not be too long before the electric company gets the power back on in your neighborhood if it is a larger problem. If the problem is just with your home Peterkin Electric can help get your power back on as quickly as possible. Call us for all your electrical needs!