Power Outages are No Laughing Matter in La Crosse County
Even though extended power outages are something we don't typically see in the La Crosse area, they happen and when they do, it may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage happens when electrical power goes out unexpectedly. It can disrupt communications, water, and transportation. It can cause retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATM's, banks, and other services to halt services. Worst of all, it can prevent the use of medical devices.
- During an outage, its important to keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours and a freezer will stay cold for up to 48 hours.
- Maintain food supplies.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by keeping generators, camp stoves, charcoal grills outdoors and up to 20 feet away from windows.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, and electronics.
- Check on your neighbors, especially older adults, that can be vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
Prepare now! It is better to be prepared now than to be scrambling later.
- Take an inventory of items that rely on electricity.
- Plan for batteries and other alternatives that can meet your needs.
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems.
If the power happens to go out, are you ready? Let SERVPRO of La Crosse help with the cleanup. 608-786-0387