Here’s how Arizonans can prepare for power outages in monsoons
Jul 31, 2018, 7:19 PM
PHOENIX — After a rush of monsoon storms knocked out the power for more than 100,000 people in the Phoenix area on Monday, a national non-profit organization had some advice for residents who could face another monsoon-caused power outage.
Cassidy Penney with the American Red Cross advised residents to disconnect any appliances that they were using when the power went out, as surges or spikes that occur when the power comes back on can damage that equipment.
Penney said residents should also switch on one of their lights after the power outage, so that when the power goes back on they will be aware of that.
But the most important thing residents can do during a power outage? Stay cool and stay hydrated.
Residents should avoid outdoor activities if at all possible, especially during the hottest hours of the day. If they must go outside, Penney said they should take plenty of breaks and drink lots of water.
Penney also said resident should check on their elderly neighbors and pets to ensure that they are safe when the power goes out.
Some people, including the elderly, young children and athletes, she added, are more prone to heat-related illnesses so they should be monitored more closely.
And for anyone worrying about those new groceries in their fridge, Penney said food can stay cold for about four hours if the refrigerator and freezer doors stay closed.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Madison Spence contributed to this report.