Residents Urged To Take Safety Steps Due To Power Outages
The York County Commissioners, through of the Office of Emergency Management and Area Agency on Aging, offer the following safety tips in light of extended power outages affecting the area:
- Check on the safety of vulnerable neighbors, friends and relatives (such as the elderly or disabled) to ensure they have adequate supplies of safe food and other essentials.
- Be wary of spoiled food. Use ice to help keep food cold. Discard perishable food (meat, poultry, fish eggs & leftovers) that has been held over 40 degrees for more than 2 hours. Never taste food to determine if it’s safe.
- A freezer that is half full should hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer or refrigerator doors if you can avoid it.
- If in doubt, THROW IT OUT!
- Never run a generator inside a home or other indoor space.
- Avoid using candles in favor of flashlights during the nighttime hours.
- Unplug sensitive electronics that may be damaged when power is restored.
- Stay cool and drink plenty of fluids. Go to air-conditioned public spaces such as malls for a respite from the heat.