Power outages happen without warning. They can last as little as a few hours, or can last as long as a few days. That’s why it’s important to have a 72-hour kit stocked and ready to go. This kit will support you and your family for up to three days in the event of a power outage.
How to stay safe during a short-term power outage
- Turn off all electrical appliances and equipment to prevent damage when turning them back on.
- Do not use camp stoves, kerosene heaters or barbeques indoors, as they emit carbon monoxide. Gas stoves used as a heat source for long periods of time without ventilation will do the same.
- Ensure you have access to a phone that doesn’t need power to operate, because cordless phones won’t work without power.
- Read these tips from ENMAX for more information on what to do when the power goes out.
Food safety tips for long-term power outages
- Use foods than spoil rapidly first.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. A refrigerator freezer will keep food frozen for up to a day. A fully-loaded chest-style freezer will keep food frozen for two days.
- Use a cooler filled with snow or ice to keep food cold.
- Be wary of storing food outside, even in the winter. Temperatures may vary, especially in the sun, and food may become warm enough to grow bacteria. Food stored outside must be securing stored to avoid contamination by animals.
To report a power outage or other electrical concerns, ENMAX at 403-514-6100.