Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Don’t Be In the Dark During the Next Blackout

Surviving a blackout with your sanity intact can be a challenge, but the more prepared you are, the easier it will be to endure. Knowing these tips will help make your life easier during and after a blackout. To prepare:

• Make sure each member of the household has a flashlight and that they know where it’s located. Remember to keep extra batteries in a central location. Candles can potentially be very dangerous so don’t use them.

• Make sure you have a telephone that works without a power supply as cordless phones won’t work during an outage.

• Have a portable, battery-operated radio on hand to keep informed about the blackout.

• Keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full, but remember that electric garage doors won’t operate without power so make sure you know how to manually work them. Avoid driving if you can as traffic lights will be down making congestion (and drivers’ tempers) worse.

• Have a supply of water and non-perishable food items available.

During the blackout:

• Turn off all lights and appliances (for example, computers, air conditioners, heat producing appliances) to prevent power surges and fire hazards when service is restored. Leave on one light so you know when the electricity is restored.

• Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoil`ge. Food in a closed freezer can stay frozen for up to two days.

So remember, properly preparing your home in the event of a blackout will help keep your family safer (and saner!), and ensure those hours you’re without electricity go more smoothly.

I pull out all the stops to sell your home.
Lonnie Snyder
Keller Williams Realty Southeast Sound
Phone:  206-406-2710   
Lonnie Snyder is a full time real estate agent and REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty specializing in Residential Real Estate for buyers and sellers in Washington's Kent, Renton, Newcastle and South Bellevue.

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