Feb 3, 2022 - News

Texas freeze: What to do if you lose power

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We're crossing our fingers that the lights will stay on as this cold snap drags on, but it's no sure thing, especially in an ice storm.

Details: Just in case you get stuck in the dark, we've put together a list of what to do:

  • Shut your blinds to trap in heat.
  • Close off rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags under the cracks of doors and along window sills.
  • Dress in layers and huddle under extra blankets.
  • Ensure that fireplaces are properly vented to the outside.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed. A fridge will keep food cold for about four hours, while a full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours, per FEMA.
  • Unplug appliances to avoid a surge when the power comes back on.
  • Do not use gas generators, camping stoves or barbeques indoors. Never use a gas stove to heat your home.
  • Listen for emergency updates on a battery-powered or hand-cranked device.

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