What to do in a blackout…. By El, T yler and T olu . Blackout causes. One of the main reasons there will be a blackout is because of snow. Thunder/lightning storms Winter storms and heavy snow Trees planted too close to power lines Huge storms eg Super storm SANDY
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By El, Tyler and Tolu
There are many causes of power failures in an electricity network. Examples of these causes include faults at power stations, damage to electric communication lines, substations or other parts of the supply system, a short circuit, or the overloading of electricity mains.
Power failures are particularly serious and dangerous at places where the environment and public safety are at risk. Organisations such as hospitals, sewage treatment plants, mines, and the like will usually have backup power sources such as replacement generators, which will automatically start up when electrical power is lost.
Other critical systems, such as telecommunications, are also required to have emergency power. Telephone exchange rooms usually have groups of lead-acid batteries` for backup and also a socket for connecting a generator during extended periods of outage.
If the power is out for less than 4 hours, then the food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to consume. While the power is out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep food cold for longer.
When power goes out, water purification systems may not be working fully. Safe water for drinking, cooking (ECT.) includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. Your public, local, or tribal health department can make exact recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area. Here are some general rules concerning water for drinking, cooking(etc.). Remember: