Tips to Remember in Times of Crisis
- Stock up on canned goods, juices, power/granola bars, peanut butter and trail mixes.
- Keep icepacks in the freezer or freeze jugs of water.
- If and outage occurs, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 36- 48 hours if you only open the doors when absolutely necessary. A half full freezer usually keeps food frozen for 24 hours.
Shelter and Heating Safety
- Gather your family in a central location in the house or apartment where you have an alternative heating source.
- At night pull drapes or blanket across the windows to minimize the amount of heat escaping. During the day open the drapes to let the maximum amount of heat in.
- If the indoor temperature drops to 55º, open the faucets slightly so that there is a drip. This will prevent the pipes from freezing.
- If candles and heaters are being used, they should never be left unattended. Pay special attention to children and pets that are near candles or heaters.
- A fuel-burning heater, such as a kerosene heater, requires proper ventilation to prevent buildup of harmful fumes. Place heaters on a hard, noncombustible surface.
- Never leave children or pets alone with a portable heater in use.
- Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start or quicken a fire. Always keep a screen around an open flame and don’t close the damper while ashes are still hot.
- Never use a gas range for room heating.
- Never use charcoal as an indoor heating or cooking source.
Downed Power Lines
If you see a downed power line call Pascoag Utility immediately 401-568-6222. Always assume that any downed power line you see is live. Some power lines will not spark or burn but they are still live. Any connection that line makes with a nearby object could energize that object as well. Stay well away from that area!
Call 401-568-6222 to report an outage or downed wire