Residents Urged To Take Safety Steps Due To Power Outages

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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.

Both PPL and Met-Ed are providing free water and ice to customers without power. The list of PPL locations is here. The list of Met-Ed locations is here.

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