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What to do if you lose power in your house ?



Bismarck, North Dakota – Here are some suggestions from the Stark County Department of Emergency Services for what to do if you lose power during a storm so that you and your family can keep warm and, more importantly, safe. Many North Dakotan homes could be without power today.

– Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

– Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

– Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.

– Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

– Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

– When the power goes out, the most reliable source of heat may be your own body.

– Prevent heat from escaping by putting on extra layers, blankets, or accessories like hats and gloves.

– If the cold is severe, your bed may be the warmest place. Use extra blankets and coverings to trap body heat; this is an especially good way to keep children warm.

– Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater

– Create smaller spaces within your home – Close off unused rooms, stuff towels or rags in cracks under the doors, and cover the windows at night

– Keep all your family activities confined to one space and close any interior doors to trap the heat inside.

– Keep your curtains closed, unless you have a window that brings in sunlight.