Storm Safety

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.