Steps to Follow when the Power Goes Out

Believe it or not, there are certain things that should be done in the event of a power outage and also after power has been restored. Many people simply just wait until the power comes back on, but there are steps you should take to ensure everyone and everything in the house stays safe. Here are a few things you should do during and after a power outage.

During a Power Outage

  1. One of the first things that should be done after your power goes out is unplugging any electrical electronics or appliances. This way the risk for spikes to occur after the power is restored is minimal. If you want to be extra safe, sensitive devices and electronics should be plugged into surge protectors at all times.
  2. Leave one light on so that you’re able to see when the power comes back on.
  3. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed to avoid your food spoiling.
  4. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lights. Most people turn to candles for light when the power goes out, but lit candles are a fire hazard.
  5. Turn the AC unit off so a surge does not occur when the power comes back on; this surge could cause damage to your system.
  6. During the winter, put on extra layers to remain warm.

After the Power Comes Back On

  1. If you notice after the power has come back on that your HVAC system will not turn on, you may have to restart it completely. First, turn off the thermostat, then reset the circuit breaker, and wait thirty minutes. After the allotted time, turn the thermostat to “cool” and set the temperature five degrees cooler than the current temperature. (In cold weather, turn the thermostat to “heat” and set the temperature five degrees warmer.) If your unit still does not turn back on, contact your local HVAC repair professional for assistance.
  2. If you’ve turned off the main circuit breaker during the outage, when you see that the power has come back on, wait a few moments before turning it back on. This is to give your electrical system some time to stabilize. Turn on crucial appliances like your refrigerator and freezer before turning on other electronics.
  3. Reset all of your digital clocks, network routers, timers, alarms, and other essential electronics.
  4. If you have an automatic garage door and you had to open it manually using the emergency release cord, you may have to reconnect the door to the remote control. Your service manual should have the necessary information to reconnect the two.

It is incredibly important to know how to act during and after the power goes out. Taking the necessary actions will ensure that when power comes back to your home, your electronics will be in working order and there are no risks of power surges.

If you have any questions about what to do in the event of a power outage or if you require more information on conserving your indoor heat or cool air during an outage, contact us today.