Preparing for power failure
Here's what you need to know so you're prepared.
- Generators, outdoor heaters and similar items and cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use them outdoors.
- Make sure your water is safe to drink. Check with local authorities.
- In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
- In cold weather, wear layers of clothing to keep in body heat.
- Stay away from powerlines that have fallen. If a powerline falls on a car, stay inside your car and wait for help.
If you must always have power, make sure your electricity retailer knows so they can contact you if the power fails. Give them your current contact details.
Reasons for an uninterrupted supply of power include:
- are on life support equipment
- have a medical condition that needs continuous power supply
- have any other special needs.
Power outages can affect our food quality. Here are some tips for keeping your food safe during a power blackout.
- Try to keep food in the fridge and freezer cold. If food is still cold to touch (less than 5 degrees Celsius), it is safe to use.
- Once cold or frozen food is no longer cold to touch (5 degrees Celsius or above) you can keep it and eat it for up to four hours, then thrown away.
- If it is raw meat, you should cook and eat it.
- Eat hot food within four hours of it being hot or throw it away.
- If the power comes back on when frozen food is still cold to touch, (less than 5 degrees Celsius), the food is safe to refreeze.
Other ways to keep food safe
There are other ways to protect food if you're concerned.
- Move food from the fridge to the freezer.
- If the power is off for over an hour, put bagged ice under food packages and trays stored in freezers and fridges
- Put a thick blanket over cold or frozen food.
- Only open fridge and freezer doors when absolutely necessary. This will keep the food and air temperature colder for longer.
You can find further information on the following sites:
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Or call our Emergency Management team on 9298 8000.