Snapping Shoals EMC is committed to giving you the best possible service. We hope that you don't experience an outage, but here are some tips if you do:
• Avoid downed power lines. If a line falls on your car, stay inside your vehicle.
• If the outage occurs during hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
If the outage is during cold weather, wear layers of clothing and use blankets to help trap body heat.
• To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, grills and similar items outdoors only. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches to minimize the risk of fire.
• When the power goes out, water purification systems may not be functioning fully. Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. Your local health department can make specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area.
• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for up to 12 hours. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your food right before you cook or eat it. Throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Leave a light switch on so you'll know when power is restored. Unplug other appliances, so they aren’t damaged when the power comes back on.
• Make an emergency supply kit. The kit should include water, dried and canned food, and other emergency supplies (flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies, prescription medicines, etc.) to last for at least 3 days.