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Preparing For And Dealing With A Planned Power Outage

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Power outages are never fun, but sometimes electricians actually have to temporarily and purposefully cut power to a wide range of houses. These planned power outages, though rare, can be rather confusing and upsetting if you aren't properly prepared. Thankfully, it shouldn't be too hard to get everything in order.

Talk To Your Power Company About The Outage

If you've received a letter from your power company or electrician regarding a planned outage, it's actually worth calling them up to talk about it. Your letter may give you little information beyond the time it is going to happen. It's worth asking them a few simple questions, such as:

  • What kind of repairs or changes are being performed?
  • What is the chance that it will last longer than anticipated?
  • Are there any problems to anticipate during the outage?
  • Who can you talk to in an emergency situation?

This simple information will help give you a better understanding of the planned outage. You'll be able to react more fluently to unfortunate situations, such as a delay in power returning or an accidental power outage occurring that elongates the planned one.

Dealing With Refrigerated Food

Power outages aren't too bad except for the state of your refrigerated and frozen food. These items should stay cool for four hours or so, but if the power outage is going to last longer, you need to take care of your food in one of the following ways:

Talk to a friend outside of the outage area and see if they'll let you temporarily store your food

  • Buy block ice and coolers and place your food in coolers
  • Check the temperature of the fridge and freezer when the power comes back and replace food when the temperature in the fridge is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and below zero in the freezer
  • Throw away any food that appears to have thawed out in the cooler

Following these tips should help you eliminate too much food waste. However, lengthy power outages almost guarantee some food loss, so be prepared for that eventuality.

Managing Computers During The Power Outage

The worst part about unplanned power outages is the damage they can cause to computers. This damage is still a potential problem if you don't deal with your computer an hour or two before the power outage is scheduled to occur. Avoid any serious problems by following these tips:

  • Carefully back up all your computer files on an external hard drive or discs
  • Shut down your computer totally and turn off the screen
  • Unplug it from the wall outlet entirely
  • Wait an hour or two to plug it back in

The waiting period for returning power to your computer is mainly to ensure that any surges don't go through your electrical grid. Returning power is often unpredictable and may cause surges that, while not dangerous in general, may fry your computer.

For more information, contact Nicholas Electric Co or a similar company.