DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — While this weather is not favorable for us, it is favorable for power outages.
Here are some tips from experts on what to do before and during an outage.
Charge your electronic devices
If you need to contact someone, like your energy provider, you will need a phone to do so. Power outages come unexpectedly so make sure you are keeping your phones and other necessary electronic devices charged at all times.
Don’t use your oven for heat
Dubuque fire chief Rick Steines says people may look for alternative methods of heating themselves or their home, but he says your oven or stove are not the correct methods.
“We also discourage people from using their cooking appliances to heat their home. So an extra blanket or two that kind of thing.”
If you use a generator, do so safely
Mike Wagner of Alliant Energy says while many people use generators to heat their homes after the power has gone out, it is important to consider the safest areas to place the generator.
“We also don’t think using a generator is necessarily a requirement, but there are some people that like to get one but don’t use it in your garage, Make sure you are using it in a well ventilated area.”
Keep non-perishable foods and bottled water on hand
If you are going to be without power for a long period of time, your refrigerated or frozen goods may go bad. Make sure you have non-perishable items like canned good and boxes of snacks in your pantry. Also, make sure you have bottles water to stay hydrated during the outage.