What To Do After A Power Outage:

12 Steps To Follow

Despite how common power outages are, few people are prepared for them, and even fewer people know what to do if the power goes out.

If you are one of these people, please don’t feel guilty or bad. Just take action so you are prepared if the power goes out. Read here for how to prepare for a power outage.

Step 1: Turn On Your Emergency Lights

Make sure your emergency lights are accessible in case you have to find them in the dark. Ideally, keep a flashlight in each room of your home.

Step 2: See If Your Neighbors Have Power

If your neighbors still have electricity, the problem is likely inside your home. Start by checking the main fuses or circuit breakers to see if they have blown.

Step 3: Check the Extent of the Problem

If your neighbors also don’t have electricity, you’ll want to see how widespread the problem is. You can do this by calling your power supplier. It might take a while to get through to them if many people are trying to call.

Step 4: Contact Family Members

If your family members aren’t at home, contact them. It might be best for them to remain at their current location until it is safer for them to come home.

Step 5: Unplug Appliances

It is wise to unplug all your sensitive (read: expensive) electronics from the wall so they don’t get damaged when the power comes back on.

Step 6: See if Water is Safe to Drink

When the power goes out, water treatment centers might not work. You could still have clean-looking water from the tap, but it might not be safe to drink!