Feed on

Safety Tips for Power Outages

Contributed by Provi Sharpe, Director of Emergency Management and Reuse, MDTAP

Maryland experiences severe winds during storms that have the potential to cause power outages. If a storm is coming that may bring power outages, fully charge your cell phone, laptop, and any other devices in advance. Check flashlights and portable radios to ensure that they are working, and make sure you have extra batteries in your Emergency Kit.

If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage. If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity, talk to your health care provider about how you can prepare for its use during a power outage. Have extra batteries for medical equipment and assistive devices.

If the power goes out when it’s hot outside, stay in the lowest level of your home where it will be coolest. Put on light-weight, light-colored clothing. Drink lots of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.  Remember to give your pets and/or service animal fresh, cool water. If needed, go to a Maryland Cooling Center.

BGE offers a Special Needs Program for customers with life support devices that require electricity.

Leave a Reply

MDTAP | 2301 Argonne Drive, Room T17 Baltimore, Maryland 21218| Voice: 410-554-9230 Toll Free ⁄ Voice 1-800-832-4827|Email: mdtap@mdtap.org