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When the Power Goes Out, Take These Steps to Remain Safe and Sound
Date
02/12/2014
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With extreme winter weather hitting Charlotte, NC and the region, and the possibility of widespread power outages, Carolinas HealthCare System and the Carolinas Poison Center have a few safety tips to remember:

If you lose power remember:

  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill inside a house, garage, closed-in porch, or tent. Do not use charcoal in the fireplace.
  • When using the fireplace to burn wood or gas logs, make sure the flue is open and the chimney is not blocked.
  • Do not use a kerosene heater or gas logs for heat unless you have a working carbon monoxide alarm.
  • Never use a generator inside your home - not even in the basement, garage or porch. Keep it outside, far away from the house.
  • Never use a gas stove or oven to heat the house.
  • If you have non-English speaking neighbors, let them know of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning when the power goes out.
  • If your power is out for more than a couple of hours, throw away food in your refrigerator that has a temperature higher than 40 degrees.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to maintain the cold.
  • If the freezer is half full, food will keep for up to 24 hours. If the freezer is full, food will keep up to 48 hours.
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