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What to Do When the Power Goes Out
Power outages commonly occur during winter storms. Here’s a look at what you should and shouldn’t do if you find yourself caught in the dark.
DO:
Close doors and cover windows to concentrate heat.
Eat and stay hydrated to provide your body heat-producing energy.
Wear a hat and dress in layers of warm, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
Use Blankets

Employ fire safety and proper ventilation when using backup heat sources such as a fireplace, wood-burning stove or generator.

Ensure that assistive technologies such as respirators and mobility devices have backup power.

Stay at least 30 feet from power lines.

DON'T:
Use a generator, grill, camp stove or coal-burning device inside the house. This could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Plug a portable generator into a wall outlet. The generator will feed electricity back into the neighborhood, causing a safety hazard.
Put candles or oil lamps near flammable materials or leave them unattended.
Allow yourself to become dehydrated. It will interfere with your body’s ability to regulate temperature.

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