This is what happens when winter comes with snow storms. Sometimes you may loose power.
Here are some tips that could keep you safe before and after the snowstorm, both indoors and out.
Before the Storm – Get supplies ahead of time as much as possible
- Extra food, including foods that don’t need to be refrigerated.
- Bottled water.
- Flashlights and batteries and other battery powered items in case the power fails.
- An ice melting product for slippery sidewalks.
- A non-electric can opener.
- Extra blankets and sleeping bags
If the Power Goes Out
- Eat leftovers, meat, poultry and any foods with milk, cream, soft cheese or sour cream first. Discard them and other perishable foods after 4 hours without power.
- Frozen foods that contain ice crystals may be cooked and eaten if power comes back.
- Foods that are generally safe at room temperature for a few days: butter, margarine, hard cheese, fresh fruit and most vegetables, fruit juice, dried fruit, opened jars of vinegar-based salad dressing, jelly, relishes, taco sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, ketchup and olives.
If your medicine needs to be refrigerated, throw it out if the power has been out for a long period of time. The exception: if you can’t get new medication and you need it, continue to take it.
Try to avoid being outside.
- Dress as warmly as possible in lightweight layers. Wear a hat, cover your mouth, use mittens instead of gloves.
- Frostbite symptoms: a loss of feeling or a white or pale looking toes, fingers, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose.
- Get medical help if you think you have frostbite.
- Get to a warm area and remove wet clothing.
- If you are shivering uncontrollably, slurring speech or having memory loss, you could have hypothermia. Get medical help ASAP.
- Don’t shovel if you have a history of heart disease or heart attack or stroke, or are not in good physical condition.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Don’t drink alcohol before or after.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before or after.