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RealSimple.com: How to Prepare for an Emergency

Power Outage

Take steps to prevent and act fast should disaster?big or small?strike. -By Dimity McDowell Davis

Don’t overload the circuit. Limit the number of appliances plugged into any outlet. When you lose power in one part of the house, it’s probably because your food processor, toaster, and microwave are sharing the same outlet.

Back up files regularly. And consider buying extra batteries and a DC-to-AC auto adapter if you use a laptop computer. This will allow most laptops (12 volts or less) to be operated from the cigarette lighter of a vehicle.

Stash flashlights. Store one in each bedroom. And be cautious about lighting candles, which can cause a fire.

Alert your power company about special needs. If somebody in your home relies on electrical medical equipment, call your power company now to let it know. Your home will be a priority when electricity is being restored.

(Frances Janisch)
RealSimple




The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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