Typically an electrical outage won't go for too long, although depending on the cause of the location, they can go for extended periods of time.
Regardless of the length of the power outage, there are certain things that need to be done (and not be done) during this period, to keep safe.
We usually think about being prepared for a power outage the second the room goes dark!
If you don't already have them, buy a torch and a supply of batteries that you can leave in an easy to get to location. The same goes with a charged up power bank so that you can charge/operate any electrical devices such as phones, LED lamps, and a radio.
Just these two things alone will make the downtime a little more comfortable.
Depending on your age bracket, candles may be your first go to choice when the power goes down. That's completely fine, you just need to ensure that they are used in a safe manner.
Don't leave a candle unattended, near flammable sources, on an unstable surface, and always have them out of reach of children.
An unexpected surge can destroy electrical appliances in an instant. Besides being inconvenient, it can also be costly.
When the power goes out, simply unplug all electrical appliances throughout the home. While many appliances do have surge protection built in, many smaller (but expensive) devices don't.
While you may initially think it's a blackout, the issue may just be isolated to your home. If the streetlights and neighbours houses have gone quiet/dark, then it's likely a broader power outage.
If the power outage only affects your house, then that's another case altogether, and you'll need to safely troubleshoot the issue or call a qualified electrician to assist.
In the event that you do require a licenced electrician, then First Choice Electrical & Maintenance are your friendly and local electrical contractor. Simply give us a call and we'll arrange to come to your home of office and take care of any electrical issues that you might have.
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