You’re in the dark from power outages and the air conditioner has quit.
What do you do? Grab your cell phone and call the utility company, only to be put on an everlasting hold? Run around throwing open windows, cursing under your breath?
According to California Consumer Energy www.ca.gov
There are many things that can cause power outages during warmer months. It could be that a car accident has taken out the power lines in your neighborhood, or some other man-made problem. It might be an animal shorting out the power lines. Or, it could be bad weather. Whatever the cause, there is no need to panic.”
Things TO do During Power Outages
Are you the only one without power? Check your fuse box to see if there are any tripped or blown switches.
If the problem includes your surrounding area, try the power company. Sometimes you will reach a recorded message if a ‘forced’ outage has been created to maintain the integrity of the electrical grid during an especially high usage time caused by the hour of the day and soaring temperatures. These usually don’t last long.
Keep your family informed ahead of time in case of power outages with plans such as:
- Have flashlights on hand.
- Avoid damage from power surges by disconnecting computers, TVs, stereos, and other electronics.
- Drink plenty of water, and stay hydrated. Avoid stimulant beverages such as alcohol, or caffeine, as these tend to heat you up.
- If you do start to overheat, take a cool shower, or if you or a neighbor have a pool, this is a good time to take a dip.
- Keep the refrigerator or freezer shut as much as possible to keep things from thawing or spoiling.
- Check on neighbors who are elderly or infirm to be sure they are okay. If they are reliant on medical equipment, see if they need to go to an emergency facility.
- Don’t leave pets outside in the heat. When possible let them inside in a cool area.
- Dress cool, in layers, with cotton.
- If you do drive, traffic lights may be out, so consider each four-way stop before you enter.
- Eat light. Don’t overeat. Use canned or packaged products that don’t need refrigeration, such as canned tuna, chicken, beans, peanut butter, energy bars, etc. These are always good to have on hand for any time of the year when loss of power may occur.
You don’t have to stay home. If you know this is a small area outage, you may want to go to a shopping mall, restaurant, theater or park.
What NOT to do During Power Outages
Unless there is an emergency, such as fallen lines, trees are down, someone is injured or in danger, do not call 9-1-1.
Do not go near, or allow children to approach downed power lines, or hanging tree limbs, etc.
If there are flash floods from the storm, don’t try to drive or walk through the water.
The Worst Case Scenario
Heatstroke occurs when the body temperature hits 106 degrees f. Death or permanent disability can occur without immediate medical care. If you discover someone suffering from dizziness, nausea, confusion, throbbing headache, reddened dry skin with no sweating and a temperature above 103 degrees f., get them where it is cool and call an emergency service for further advice.
We’re always available to help with your air conditioning needs and it never hurts to get you’re A/C checked up. Give us a call at 952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us