What To Do In A Summer Blackout

What You Need To Do In A Summer Impromptu Thunderstorm

While most of us hope for nothing but sun and fun this time of year, the warm weather inevitably brings with it at least one severe thunderstorm and power outage. Whether it catches you at home or the cottage, it’s important to understand the best ways to protect your property and family.

Be proactive. Make sure your home is ready before there is a threat. Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of these falling onto your house during a storm. Clean gutters, drains and downpipes. Make sure your roof is in good repair and prepare an emergency plan and kit.

Check the forecast. When a severe storm is on the horizon, Environment Canada will issue weather warnings. Pay attention to this information. Always check the weather forecast before heading out on the water and do not go boating in a storm.

Get prepared. Secure everything that might be blown around or torn loose, both indoors and out. Flying objects such as garbage cans and lawn furniture can injure people and damage property. Consider going to the sheltered area that you and your family have identified in your emergency plan.

Be smart with power. Turn off all tools, appliances and electronic equipment, and turn the thermostat down to minimum to prevent damage from a power surge when power is restored. Don’t open your freezer or fridge unless absolutely necessary. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours if the door remains closed.

Take shelter. If you are inside during a storm, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces. You can use a cellular or cordless telephone during a severe storm, but it is not safe to use a corded telephone.

If you are in a car, stop it away from trees or power lines that might fall on you. Avoid the base of steep or unstable slopes and low areas prone to flooding. Stay inside the car.

Source: News Canada