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Power outages can be drastic and affect entire communities. They can disrupt transportation, water, close retail businesses and grocery stores, cause food spoilage, and prevent the use of important medical devices. If you experience a power outage, experts agree to keep your refrigerator closed, use generators outdoors and away from windows, disconnect appliances and electronics, and check on vulnerable neighbors. Most of all, it is important to prepare in the present for power outages and have a plan to stay cool and safe.

Key Takeaways:

  • To protect yourself during a power outage, disconnect appliances and electronics and also keep your refrigerator closed.
  • A power outage can prevent the use of medical devices, so have a backup generator if necessary.
  • After a power outage, get rid of any food that may have spoiled. You will be able to tell by the smell, color or texture.

“When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.”

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