With storms in the forecast, you can never be too prepared for a storm to hit and take out your power!
In the event of power loss, you may call the following providers to report an outage in your area:
|Operating Company||Contact Number||
|Jersey Central Power & Light Company
|Metropolitan Edison Company
|Pennsylvania Electric Company
|Pennsylvania Power Company
|1-800-720-3600||PA Relay Service
|The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company
(The Illuminating Company)
|1-800-589-3101||Call Ohio Relay Services|
|Ohio Edison Company||1-800-633-4766||Call Ohio Relay Services|
|The Toledo Edison Company||
|Call Ohio Relay Services|
You may view the current power outages throughout Northeast Ohio HERE.
For First Energy Restoration Information For Ohio- click HERE!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following safety tips…..
What to do if your power goes out unexpectedly
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
- If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
- Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
- Wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
- Avoid power lines and use electric tools and appliances safely to prevent electrical shock.
If the power is out for less than 2 hours, then the food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to consume. While the power is out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep food cold for longer.
If the power is out for longer than 2 hours, follow the guidelines below:
- For the Freezer section: A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.
- For the Refrigerated section: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
- 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.
For guidelines on refreezing food when the power comes back on, visit the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s page on Food Safety in an Emergency.
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LOCAL NEWS: Powerless: Who to Call, What to Do If You Lose Power From Storms was originally published on praisecleveland.com