What to do upon power restoration
Safety measures should still be taken even when power is already restored. (Photo Credits)
Most property owners are aware of the safety measures to taker during power interruptions. What most do not realize though is that staying safe should remain a priority even after power is restored, especially in the first half hour of power resumption. Builders and Contractors
The US Department of Homeland Security has published in its official website the steps to take once power is restored.
“ (1) Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out! (2) If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it. (3) Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled. (4) Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other supplies.”
Read the whole page here.
More safety tips
The Red Cross also published its share of safety tips following a power outage. Electricians
“If electrical power lines are down, don’t touch them. Keep your family and pets away. Report downed lines to your utility company… Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, bacteria causing food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly. Some types of bacteria produce toxins that cannot be destroyed by cooking.”
Check out the rest of Red Cross’ safety advice here.
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The US Department of Health and Human Services meanwhile provided more food safety tips once power has been restored.
“Is food in the refrigerator safe during a power outage? It should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 °F for over 2 hours. Never taste food to determine its safety! You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe.”
Check out the chart that demonstrates food safety guideline during power outages here.
Power resumption is not as simple as it seems. Property owners should not just go about their usual day once power has been restored. It is important to observe safety guidelines against electric shocks and more importantly on food safety.
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