31 Dec '11, 10pm

Be prepared for winter power outages

There are basic things any house needs to be prepared if the power goes out - both winter and summer. First, know where your circuit breakers are located and how to check to see if a breaker switch is tripped or a fuse blown. Have space fuses of various amp sizes if you don't have breakers. Have a number of flash lights with fresh batteries in your home, and know where they are located. Also consider having a plug-in flashlight that remains charged until you need it - use, for example, in a dark hallway socket. Or consider one of the "shake it" flashlights that does not need batteries. Have spare batteries to replace ones that run out. (Make sure you dispose of the old batteries properly - don't just toss them in the trash.) Have a battery-powered (or one with a built-in, hand-crank generator) radio or television set to listen to news and weather announcements. If you don'...

Full article: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/tips/beprepared.html

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