Power outages are often unexpected, but they can be unfortunately common during the wintertime. Winter storms that bring an abundance of snow often damages power lines or causes some other reason for the power to shut down. Power outages can be deceptively innocent; especially during the winter, the cold and hazzard of darkness can cause injury and illness. It’s important to be prepared for power outages at all times.

Here is a handy checklist for emergency resources you should have on hand in an easy-to-locate area in case of a power out.

Power Outage Safety Checklist

  • At least 1 gallon of water per person
  • Blankets and warm sweaters
  • Battery powered lanterns and flashlights
  • Backup batteries
  • Canned and nonperishable food
  • First aid kit and any medications that your family members take regularly
  • Battery powered radio
  • Backup cell phone battery

If you are using your own gas power generator or any type of gas powered heater, make sure that it is running in a well ventilated area. If you can, remain indoors, where it will always be warmer than outside.

If you see any downed power lines, contact the city and power company as soon as you can. Keep your distance and don’t approach them, as they may be live wires, which can deliver fatal charges of electricity to children and even adults.

Home Security

Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of bad situations like storms and power outages to commit crimes. They predict that you might go somewhere else for shelter if your power is off. If your security system doesn’t have a backup battery, then it’s as good as disabled. Make sure that you have a home security system, like Protect America’s, that operates on a battery in the case of a power outage.