SIOUX FALLS, S.D (KELO) — One of the biggest concerns coming from any winter storm is the possibility of a power outage. With this next storm potentially lasting several days, the situation could become dangerous.
Here are a few ways to stay safe if you lose power:
First, charge any cell phones, laptops or tablets you’ll want to use during the storm to keep up-to-date on KELOLAND weather alerts or to call loved ones. Then unplug appliances or electronics you won’t be needing. This will help prevent damage from electrical surges.
Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and be sure to have extra batteries on hand.
Next, have backup plans for any medical needs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the best ways to keep medical devices running without your main source of power. Also, certain medications need to be refrigerated. Find ways to keep those products in a climate-controlled space.
If you’re using a generator, keep it outdoors and away from windows. Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
Make sure you keep freezers and refrigerators closed, so your food doesn’t go bad. If anything starts to smell bad, just throw it out. Spoiled food can cause food poisoning.
And last, check on your neighbors. If it’s not safe to go outside, make sure to call anyone who may need extra assistance.