Many residents across the state of Michigan have experienced power outages due to high winds in the last week. If your power is or has went out in the past week, make sure you’re prepared for when the power comes back on.
Clean out your refrigerator. If your power went out for more than a few hours and you are having a hard time keeping your food cold, it might be a good idea to throw out any food you think might be spoiled. If it smells bad, or if you’re unsure about it, it’s safer to throw it out! Check out this Foodsafety.gov refrigerator food chart for reference if you’re still in doubt.
Check the freezer. If the food you keep in the freezer is still frozen and has some frost formed on it, or is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s probably okay to refreeze. If the food has thawed or you don’t have a thermometer to determine the temperature, you might want to consider throwing it out. Here’s a Foodsafety.gov freezer food chart with further guidelines to follow.
Restock your emergency kit. If you used anything from your emergency kit, it’s a good idea to replenish what you took out for next time. If you don’t have an emergency kit, it might be a good idea to create one for the future incase a big storm or outage comes our way. Some things to include in your kit are flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, warm blankets, toilet paper, non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered radio, and medicine.
Refill your generator. If you used a generator for more than two days, it might be time to refill its oil. Make sure the generator is cool before you decide to refill it, and always keep extra gasoline on hand for the next time you use it!