Most power outages are short-lived, but some can last much longer - up to days or even weeks. Power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. Cold snaps or heat waves can also overload the electric power system.
During a power outage, you can lose your heating/air conditioning, lighting, hot water, and even running water. Cordless phones won’t work and if your electronics aren’t fully charged or you don’t have battery-powered or crank radio, you may have no way of monitoring news broadcasts.
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After a power outage
Give the electrical system a chance to stabilize before reconnecting tools and appliances. Turn the heating-system thermostats up first, in a couple of minutes reconnect the fridge and freezer. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before reconnecting all other tools and appliances.
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