Plan ahead now for power outages

Posted: 10:15 AM, Dec 28, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-28 10:15:32-05

The National Weather Service out of Grand Rapids has some advice on what you should be doing now before any potential power outages later today.

*Make sure flashlights are working and keep extra batteries, candles and matches on hand.

*Make sure all phones, tablets and laptops are fully charged.

*Unplug sensitive appliances like the TV, computer and microwave. If the power goes off, turn off all major electrical appliances.

*Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If you lose power, frozen food will generally keep for 48 hours. Discard perishable food that has been at 40 degrees for more than two hours.

*If using an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, kerosene heater or fireplace, keep fuels away from the flames and ventilate properly.

*Never run a gasoline-powered generator in the house. The fumes are deadly.

*Stock up on drinking water and canned or dried foods.

*Fill your car with gas and have cash available.