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Power Outages: Long Term vs. Short Term
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

While on the cusp between winter and spring, Ohio’s weather can become a mixed bag. Rainstorms are expected in spring, but southern Ohio has seen the occasional late spring snowfall as well. True, it’s best to always be prepared for winter storms or during any storm, but it’s also vital to know a short-term power outage doesn’t need to be treated exactly the same as a long-term power outage.

Staying warm, staying safe, and staying connected are, of course, highly important during any power outage. However, knowing how to act during power outages can make the time without electricity go all the more smoothly.


Short-Term Power Outage

•      No need to call 911. Remember, calling first responders is only used for emergencies. Check to see if it is just your home or building without power, or if neighbors were affected as well. If it’s just your home, check the fuse box and circuit breaker to see what affected the electricity.

•      If it appears to be the whole neighborhood is without power, time to contact your electric provider. When there’s a power outage, it’s a safe bet you won’t have reliable Internet access, but an old-fashioned phone call should work. For Cincinnati, visit Duke Energy’s website to report an electrical outage, or contact them at 1-800-543-5599.

•      Disconnect or turn off and unplug any large appliances. When the power does come back on, there can be power surges that could damage devices that require large amounts of electricity if they haven’t been disconnected or unplugged.

•      Stay out of the refrigerator and freezer. While it may be tempting to use some ice to cool down if it’s hot outside, without power, keeping the doors shut is the best way to prevent food from going bad. According to Ready.gov, when unopened, a fridge can keep food cold for up to four hours; an unopened freezer can stay cold up to 48 hours.


Long-Term Power Outage

•      If you're out on the road during a storm, and power lines have gone down, do not approach downed power lines. If it is an emergency, contact authorities by dialing 911 or contact the electric provider.

•      Dress accordingly. While it may almost be spring, Cincinnati does tend to have weather mood swings, and a cold day could be here before we know it. Dress in layers for cold weather, and look into staying somewhere that does have electricity.

•      If there is a power outage in hot temperatures, wear light-colored, lightweight clothing to stay cool. As warm air rises, move to the lowest level of your home in order to be where cool air falls. Again, if somewhere else has power, consider going there to stay cool.

•      Drink plenty of water. If you don’t know when the power is going to come back on, it’s best to stay hydrated. Drinks like alcoholic beverages and caffeine can dehydrate a person’s body.


Though some of the actions to take during a short-term power outage and long-term power outage differ, the overall main goal is to stay safe. Families should know who to contact, where they need to meet, and how to stay prepared.


If you’d like to know more about protecting electronic devices and large appliances during a power outage, don’t hesitate to contact the Crane Heating and Air Conditioning team at 513-641-4700.





 

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