We hope you will use these tips to ensure you and your family are ready for the next big storm.
- Keep your emergency kits handy.
- Check out what to do if there is an outage.
- Unplug sensitive electronic equipment such as computers.
- Know what natural gas appliances will continue to operate if there is an outage:
- Natural gas water heaters
- Gas log fireplaces
- Gas ovens and ranges (if there is electric ignition, have matches nearby to light the flame)
- Natural gas barbeques (Remember: never bring a portable grill indoors.)
- If using a generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. See safety tips about portable generators.
If you live in a flood zone, check out our flood safety tips.
- Keep track of the storm as it develops.
- If there is an outage:
- Turn off lights and appliances.
- Leave one light switch on so you'll know when your power is back on.
- Use flashlights instead of candles.
- Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed and open them only when it is necessary.
- Never use a gas range, indoor cooker, charcoal or gas barbeque for heating.
- Close curtains and drapes to keep the heat in.
- Wear warm clothes in layers.
- If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees or below, open your faucets so there is a constant drip to prevent pipes from freezing.
Check out the Make it Through website, co-sponsored by Puget Sound Energy, for helpful resources and information.