Never use open combustion units (gas or charcoal
barbecues, hibachis) inside the home.
If the traffic lights go out, treat all intersections at
This practice is required by law
for safety reasons.
Minimize driving to conserve fuel.
cannot be refilled at a gas station during a power
Stay away from downed power lines and
sagging trees with broken limbs.
Don't get wet if you have no way of getting dry.
Operate electric garage doors by hand.
doors can be opened by hand with a pull cord
release; read the owner's manual or call the
What to do if the lights go out
Turn off the lights and electrical appliances except
for the refrigerator and freezer. Even if it is dark,
turn light switches, buttons on lamps or appliances to the "off" position.
After the light switches are
turned off, turn one lamp on so you will know when
power is restored. Wait at least 15 minutes after power is restored before turning on other appliances.
Remember, gas heaters, thermostats, furnace fans
and blowers all run on electricity.
Wear extra layers of clothing and use several layers
of blankets. Try to stay dry, and drink and eat
enough to preserve health and strength.
Close off all rooms that are not in use and do not need to be
heated. To keep rooms warm, close all curtains,
shades or drapes, and cover doors and windows to prevent drafts of cold air from entering the room.
Safe Alternate Heating Sources
Do not burn anything indoors without adequate
ventilation to the outdoors and never go to sleep
with any open flame, heating or lighting device left
on. Ensure that there is adequate fuel available for
alternative heating sources, such as wood for a wood
Never use gas ovens, gas ranges, barbecues and
portable or propane heaters for indoor heating.
These units use oxygen and create carbon monoxide
that can cause suffocation. Before using any
alternate heating source, read the manufacturer's
As a precautionary measure, have firefighting
materials such as, dry powder, a fire extinguisher, a
heavy tarp or blanket and water on hand at all times.
Using a Portable Generator
Use generators only as independent power sources.
Keep them outside and run a power cord inside.
Don't connect generators to main service panels. This
could injure or kill utility workers trying to restore
Consider for People with Chronic Health
People with chronic medical conditions should
arrange for a 30-day emergency supply of
prescription medicine with their doctor. Keep medication in an emergency kit and be aware of the
expiration dates and those medications that need to
be kept cold. Rotate a fresh supply into the kit on a
If using life support equipment,
register with the proper utility company to ensure a
backup power supply will be available in case of an
Preparing for a Power Outage
Keep flashlights, extra batteries and matches on
hand. Keep them where they can be easily
located in the dark.
Have a battery-powered radio and battery-powered
or wind-up clock on hand.
Stock up on canned or dried non-perishable
foods, and a manual can opener.
Procure a safe, alternate source of heat and extra
fuel (wood, kerosene, etc.)
Have one gallon of bottled drinking water per person, per day on hand.
Keep a gallon of liquid chlorine bleach for
sanitizing utensils and dishes.
Have access to a regular (not cordless) phone.
For more information, contact the Southern Nevada Health District at