In Case the Power Goes Out

- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.

- The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.

- Refrigerators should be kept at 40 degrees F or below for proper food storage.

- In an emergency you can use dry ice: Under normal circumstances you should not keep dry ice in your freezer. If you lose power for an extended period of time, dry ice is good to keep things cold. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a 10 cubic-foot freezer below freezing for three to four days.

- Always keep your car’s fuel tank at least half full-gas stations use electricity to operate their pumps.

- Check your fuse box or circuit breaker, or contact a neighbor to see how widespread the outage is.

- If you use a generator: Operate it outside only. Do not hook it up directly to your home’s wiring. Instead, connect the equipment and appliances you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.