General Power Outage Safety Tips
Utilize the following tips in the event of a power outage:
- If you encounter a downed power line, immediately call ComEd at 800-334-7661 or access our website and report the location. Spanish-speaking customers should call 800-955-8237. Never approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous.
- The Village reminds residents, if there is water in your basement, do not enter. There is a danger of electrical shock.
- Residents should use flashlights, not candles whenever possible.
- Generators should be used outside and kept away from windows, doors and garages.
- Travel throughout the Village should be undertaken with great care due to many traffic signals without power.
- Please check in on your neighbors and any elderly family and friends in the area.
Safety of Cold or Frozen Foods During a Power Outage
- In the event of a power outage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. This helps slow the thawing/warming process while the unit(s) are off. Frozen food may stay frozen for at least a day if the door stays closed. Potentially hazardous foods can become dangerous quickly if left at improper temperatures. These foods should be disposed of if they have been above 41 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 4 hours.
- Food with offensive odors should be destroyed. Seafood may be unsafe, even if it doesn't smell bad.
- If food is expected to become too warm (41 degrees Fahrenheit or above) some or all of the food could be cooked and held at 140 degrees Fahrenheit until power is restored.
- Remember; if in doubt throw out!
- Discard any potentially hazardous foods which have been above 41 degrees for more than four hours.
- When discarding in a dumpster, pour bleach over the food to discourage salvaging, and pests.
- Obtain refrigerated trucks or a generator to operate refrigeration.