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Don't be in the dark about power outages

Power outages are inconvenient and become increasingly problematic the longer they last. Staying prepared will keep you safe and comfortable in case of an emergency.

Before you get the flashlights out

  • Keeping coolers and extra ice in your home will help preserve food.
  • Store nonperishable food and bottled water in case of a prolonged outage.
  • Make sure you have easily accessible flashlights with working batteries. Keep spare batteries just in case.
  • A battery-powered radio will keep you updated on weather announcements or warnings.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Keep a seven-day supply of any required medications on hand and have a first aid kit readily available.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full at all times.

When the lights go out

  • Keeping your fridge and freezer doors closed can prolong the shelf life of perishable goods up to four hours in the fridge and 48 hours in the freezer.
  • Keep food covered in a dry, cool spot at all times to prevent bacterial growth.
  • If the outage extends beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your perishable goods.
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment and appliances except for one light so you will know when the power is back on.
  • Dress in layers to maintain your body temperature if the indoor temperature begins to drop.
  • Be cautious when using any alternative source of heat or electricity.
  • And to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, never use a generator or any gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside any partially or fully enclosed area.
  • Evacuate your home and go outside immediately if your carbon monoxide or smoke alarm goes off.
  • Avoid driving, if possible, as traffic lights might be out and roads may be jammed.

When the lights come back on

  • Avoid all electric power lines, as touching a live wire could be fatal.
  • Report any downed lines to the appropriate authorities.
  • Throw away food from your fridge if it has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit or has a bad odor or color.

It’s all about protecting what’s important to you. To learn more about Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance or to get a free, no-obligation quote, call 1.800.290.4872 or visit libertymutual.com/mtabenefits.

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