Health Tip: Be Smart During a Power Outage

Unplug electronics and electrical equipment

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(HealthDay News) -- Power outages can be dangerous if you don't follow safety precautions.

The Red Cross suggests:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Food generally will last inside these unpowered appliances for four hours.
  • Unplug electronics and other electrical equipment. This will protect the equipment against electrical surges when power returns.
  • Keep one light plugged in and turned on so you can see when power is restored.
  • Avoid travel, particularly by car, since traffic lights may not be working.
  • If you use a generator, make sure you carefully follow the product's instructions. Never run a generator inside the home.

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