Before a power outage
- Keep your 72 hour kit in a location that is easily accessible even if the power is out
During a power outage
- Turn off all appliances and electronic equipment, and turn the thermostat(s) for the home heating system down to a minimum to prevent damage from a power surge when power is restored. Power can be restored more easily when there's not a heavy load on the electrical system.
- Turn off all lights, except one inside and one outside, so that both you and hydro crews outside know that power has been restored
- Avoid opening your fridge or freezer
- Never use charcoal or gas barbecues, camping heating equipment, or home generators indoors. They give off carbon monoxide which can cause health problems and is life threatening. Carbon monoxide is odourless and colourless.
- Use a battery or crank-powered flashlight as a light source
- If the power outage occurs during the winter, seal off rooms that are not in use to conserve heat
- Listen to your battery or crank-powered radio or check online for information on the outage and advice from local authorities
After a power outage
- Give the electrical system a chance to stabilize before turning on appliances
- Turn the heating system thermostats up first, then wait 10 minutes before turning on any other required electronics or appliances