Heavy, wet snow and high winds anticipated in the storm Thursday into Friday morning brings the very real possibility of scattered power outages.


Heavy, wet snow and high winds anticipated in the storm Thursday into Friday morning brings the very real possibility of scattered power outages.
For some, a short outage can have a side benefit of creating opportunities for families to converse and otherwise find ways to entertain themselves as their forefathers did before the age of television and home computers.
On the other hand, losing power, particularly in the winter, can create safety issues. The American Red Cross advises:
• If power is out more than two hours, put perishable food in a cooler packed with ice.
• Avoid use of candles, as they create a fire risk.
• Have a gallon of water per person on hand, for each day power may be off.
• Be sure the cell phone is charged.
• Have your car’s gas tank full.
• Unplug unnecessary equipment to avoid surges when power is restored
• Use generators according to instructions
• Do not touch power lines that are down; report them to the power company
• Never use a generator, grill or camp stove inside a home or anywhere carbon monoxide may enter the house.