A common after effect of emergencies, such as wildfires, flooding, blizzards, tornados, is power outages.
A hazard that nearly everyone will experience in their lifetime, while typically minor, power outages can sometimes last for extended periods of time, affecting daily services, quality of life, and food safety.
Power outages can:
- Disrupt communications, water, and transportation;
- Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services;
- Cause food spoilage and water contamination; and/or
- Prevent the use of medical devices.
In the event of a power outage ensure that you:
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed;
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges;
- Be aware of the dangers of using items that expel carbon monoxide. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows;
- Never use a gas stovetop to heat your home;
- Have your emergency kit close by;
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices; and
- If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
See Government of Ontario for more information.