Power outages or blackouts are where the power in an area completely shuts
off for five or more minutes. In places like Georgia and Florida where
there is extreme weather, power outages are more common than in areas
that don’t experience such extreme weather conditions.
Power outages may be tolerable when they last a few minutes, but the longer
they last, the more trouble they cause. An extended power outage can impact
a neighborhood or a community, and it can impact the economy of an entire
area. Some of the effects of a blackout:
- Disrupt transportation
- Disrupt water
- Disrupt communications
- Spoil food
- Contaminate water
- Prevent medical devices from being used
- Shut down retail businesses, gas stations, ATMs, banks, grocery stores,
and other businesses, which affects the economy
How to Protect Yourself in a Blackout
In the event of a blackout, there are certain steps you should take to
protect yourself and your family. For starters, if you have a generator,
only use it outside and away from windows. So you have what your family
needs, always maintain a supply of nonperishable food.
Make sure the freezers and refrigerators are closed and do not use the
gas stove to heat the house. Go around the kitchen and the rest of the
house and unplug appliances and electronics so they don’t get damaged
by electrical surges.
If it’s safe to do so, go somewhere else to be in a warmer or cooler
environment, and don’t forget to check on your neighbors, especially
if they are older adults or adults with young children. Both the very
young and the elderly are especially vulnerable to extreme heat or cold.
For more tips, read this
power outage information sheet from FEMA. If you need help with an
electrical issue in your
business, we invite you to
contact Lightning Bug Electric to schedule a service call!