Do’s and Don’ts During a Power Outage

Power outages are inconvenient and can create challenging situations. A home standby generator is an easy way to avoid a loss of power and is critical in preparing for the unexpected. If you are still in the process of getting a generator in your home then it’s useful to know that there are several things that should and should not be done when the light go out.

Food safety

While the power is out, avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer doors more than necessary to keep food cold for longer. If the power is out for less than two hours, then the food will be safe to consume. After two hours there may be risks and precautions should be taken – follow the guidelines provided on the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s page on Food Safety in an Emergency.

Safe drinking water

Water purification systems may not function fully during a power outage. Safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene includes bottles, boiled or treated water. It’s worth checking with local authorities to be sure your water is safe. However, if you do not know that the water came from a safe source, boiling it is the preferred way to disinfect it. For more information on how to disinfect water take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly.


Unfortunately, air conditioning does not function without a source of power. If temperatures are high, it is important to avoid heat stress. To start you should drink at least one gallon of water each day and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing is also recommended, as are frequent cool showers or baths. For more information on heat-related illnesses and treatment see the CDC Extreme Heat website.

Home generators prevent the discomfort of a power outage by keeping your light, AC, hot water, Internet and appliances running. Personalized Power Systems have a generator solution for every home, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!