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CDC: What to do if your power goes out unexpectedly

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 21:36:34-04

The Center for Disease control has compiled a list and how to guide on what you need to know if your power goes out unexpectedly. The CDC says this information is to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power.

Below are officials main tips explaining how to prevent carbon monoxide and how to avoid down power lines.

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only. Generators should be used at least 20 feet away from your home.
  • Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
  • In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
  • Avoid downed power lines, if a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle.

To check out more tips on food safety, emergency kits and safe drinking water, click here.