Stay Alert and Aware During a Power Outage

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Power outages can happen any time of the year but are especially dangerous during the cold winter months. They can last for minutes, hours and sometimes even days.

“The best way to stay safe in a power outage, is to be prepared,” says Sue Henry, Deputy Chief at Calgary Emergency Management Agency. “Have a fully stocked 72-hour kit including flashlights, blankets and non-perishable food. It’s also important to have a plan for any medications that require power to be administered that are powered by electricity or need to be refrigerated.”

While temperatures may drop, it is never safe to use camp stoves, kerosene heaters or barbeques indoors, as they emit carbon monoxide. Gas stoves used as a heat source for long periods of time without ventilation will also pose a danger.

Electrical equipment and appliances can be overloaded when the power is turned back on, so it’s a good idea to disconnect them. Be sure to leave one light on, so you know when the power has been restored!

A fully charged power bank is invaluable during a power outage. This will allow you to charge your smartphone, so you can check for updates on the internet, and contact family members.

For more information on preparing for a power outage and building a 72-hour kit, visit calgary.ca/getready

Power outages can happen any time of the year but are especially dangerous during the cold winter months. They can last for minutes, hours and sometimes even days.

“The best way to stay safe in a power outage, is to be prepared,” says Sue Henry, Deputy Chief at Calgary Emergency Management Agency. “Have a fully stocked 72-hour kit including flashlights, blankets and non-perishable food. It’s also important to have a plan for any medications that require power to be administered that are powered by electricity or need to be refrigerated.”

While temperatures may drop, it is never safe to use camp stoves, kerosene heaters or barbecues indoors, as they emit carbon monoxide. Gas stoves used as a heat source for long periods of time without ventilation will also pose a danger.

Electrical equipment and appliances can be overloaded when the power is turned back on, so it’s a good idea to disconnect them. Be sure to leave one light on, so you know when the power has been restored!

A fully charged power bank is invaluable during a power outage. This will allow you to charge your smartphone, so you can check for updates on the internet, and contact family members.

For more information on preparing for a power outage and building a 72-hour kit, visit calgary.ca/getready.

To report a power outage call ENMAX Power Trouble Line at 403-514-6100.

To report a power outage call ENMAX Power Trouble Line at 403-514-6100.

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