Emergency Tips For Unexpected Power Outage
What to do if My Lights Go Out | Vallejo Electrician
Often we fall victim to unexpected power outages. It can be scary when your lights go out and you don’t know what to do. There are different causes to power outages, but there are many ways to be prepared for if the circumstance does occur.
Report the Outage
Before anything else we encourage people to report the power outage. Most people wonder, “who to call when my lights go out”. We can tell you whom to call when the power goes out. Us! Call Vallejo Electrician Services if the outage has occurred at your home undo to weather. If the outage takes place, you want to be fully prepared. Keep a cell phone fully charged, in case of an emergency, a home phone will not work. We have an emergency electrician on call working the night shift ready to help. Do not call 911 or the operator unless you are in a life-threatening situation.
Lights Out Toolkit
In case you don’t have access to a phone for what ever reason, we recommend you stay ready with a lights out tool kit. If you have one prepared, you may be able to keep little ones and yourself safe for an extended period of time if you can still navigate around. We recommend having a flashlight handy so that you can keep your mobility through the house or apartment. This will provide temporary lighting for everyone to use. Make sure that the batteries in it are fully charged at all times.
If you do not have a flashlight, lanterns or candles are sufficient. But please use them with caution. It is important to think about the potential consequences of an accident if you have young or elderly people in the home. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, keeping matches and firewood around is another option. Not only will that provide lighting but it will also provide heat. Vallejo does not experience snow, but if you happen to be in a circumstance where the temperature is more compromising to your health, a fireplace can help to preserve heat. Please do not keep appliances on. Turn off your stove, microwave, radios etc. The only thing you can keep on is your refrigerator.
Potential Quick Light Fix
To your own discretion, you could check your electrical panel for a blown fuse or a tripped breaker. However, we would much rather you give us a call if you have had no experience doing so. Your safety comes first! Potential down wires or low wires could cause serious injury.
Other simple tips
Other simple things you can do to prepare for a power outage, or a lack of resources when you don’t have light are stocking up on basic essentials. Keep canned and dried foods in a cooler or pantry in case things don’t get back to normal as soon as you had anticipated. Make sure you always dress warm. The warm water may even work shortly after the outage, so quickly take a shower if necessary. Worst case, if your circumstance is too bad to stick through, consider driving to a safer place within a close distance. Remember to be careful as traffic lights may not be functioning properly.