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What to do when facing a power outage

12:26 PM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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Power outages affect the most people during severe storm situations. Here are a few things to remember:

• Listen to First Coast News on our radio station partners or watch over the air on WTLV-NBC12 or WJXX-ABC25 for updates and Stormtrack coverage.
• Never use candles! Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting.
• Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
• Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
• Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.
• Have your hurricane supply kit easily at hand.
• If you use medication that requires refrigeration, most can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
• If you have an electric garage door opener, find out where the manual release lever is located and learn how to operate.
• Cordless phones and answering machines require electricity, so you may want to purchase a standard telephone handset.
In some cases, even when the power goes out, phone lines are still operational.
• Keep your car fuel tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment (like air conditioners) or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment, such as computers and motors in appliances.

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