If you’re at home when the power goes out there are some very important things that you should know to do or take care of. After all, you definitely don’t want to find yourself in an emergency situation because the power went out. Just being without electrical services can be a nuisance and it can be a problem on its own, but you absolutely want to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself and your Myrtle Beach, SC household at the same time.
Try to Stay Put
If it’s daylight and you lose your electrical services it’s not going to be as big of a deal. You’ll be able to open up the curtains and continue going about your day with no problems. On the other hand, if you lose your power when it’s dark outside or it gets dark before you get your power back you should try to stay in one area of the house as much as possible. Try to avoid moving around the house because you could end up hurting yourself in the process if you trip over something you can’t see, for example.
Have Flashlights Available
You should have a flashlight of some type in just about every room of your house (or even in every room in the house). These are going to make you a whole lot safer if you ever do lose power because you’ll be able to pull out that flashlight and use it to get you to a safe spot. Then you can stay there as much as possible until the power comes back on. You’ll be able to navigate better and everyone in your household is safer that way.
Turn Off the Electronics
Make sure you’re powering down electronics that are still running (anything that runs on a battery backup) or at least unplugging them from the wall if you want to continue to use them on battery power. Unplug your major appliances and anything that could be hurt by a surge in power when the electricity comes back on. You don’t want to worry about damaged electrical appliances and you don’t want to worry about problems to your electrical services that could come from those items as well.
Get a Radio
Having a radio that runs off of battery power is definitely going to be a good idea and you may want to have one in your emergency kit. When you lose power you want to make sure that you have a way of connecting with the news and making sure that you’re aware of just how long the power is going to be out. Make sure that you’re keeping track of everything and that your radio has extra batteries in case you’re without power for an extended period of time. You still want to be connected to what’s going on around you.
Don’t Leave Home
Unless you absolutely have to it’s a good idea to stay in your own home. Leaving the house could mean going into an area that’s also dark, which can be dangerous when it comes to street lights and stop lights. If you can, remain in your home until the power comes back on so you don’t risk down power lines and driving without the normal lighting that you’re used to. There are some situations where you may need to leave home, however. And if that’s the case make sure you’re doing so as safely as you possibly can.
If you have flooding in your home you may need to call a professional and not just electrical services but other professionals as well. Then, you’ll likely need to get out of your home. If you have a downed power line near your home you’ll need to call an electrical services professional and find a safe way to get yourself out of the area. Also, if your home has become too hot or too cold for you to safely remain there you need to get to a safer place and make sure your family is safer as well.
Find Out the Problem
If you do lose power one of the first things you should do also is make sure that you know what the problem is. Are you the only one who doesn’t have power? If that’s the case you need to call your electrical services company and find out what the reason is. If your whole neighborhood doesn’t have power then calling someone to work on your electrical isn’t going to help. You need to wait for the electrical services company to figure out what the problem is and take care of it.
Once you know the problem you’re going to know who to call or how to take care of it. You may be able to fix some things by calling up an electrician. If you have a blown breaker or fuse then they can take care of these things for you. If the problem is with the neighborhood, however, you’ll need to wait for the problem to be taken care of for you. Just make sure that no matter what’s going on you are kept informed and you can continue to check in to get more updates and feedback. You want to know as soon as there is anything that you or an electrical services professional can help with.
When you’re in need of any electrical service make sure you call Mister Sparky® of Myrtle Beach. We’ll be able to work with you to get anything that you need taken care of. Not only that, we can work on emergency services or general electrical services. All you need to do is schedule an appointment with us and we’ll send someone out to meet you in no time. You’ll be more than happy with the job we do and you can trust that we’re going to take care of you like we would want our own family to be taken care of.