Power Outage Atlanta
What to Do When Your Power Goes Out
There are two kinds of power outage situations— a partial home outage and a total home outage. If the power in a specific area of your home stops working (for example, the kitchen), it’s probably a partial home outage, whereas if all lights and appliances in every room of your home cease to work, it’s a total home outage.
The good news with a partial outage is that, in all likelihood, it can be fixed. Below are steps that can be taken to troubleshoot the problem and potentially fix it. Remember to practice caution when dealing with circuits and switches.
- Turn everything off. Just because the appliance, light, etc. isn’t working due to the outage doesn’t mean they are turned off. In order to be safe, flip any switches you need to, and even unplug the appliances altogether if you prefer.
- Find your circuit breaker or fuse box. Closets, storage areas and laundry rooms are common locations for these panels, as well as garages and basements. It will be a metal box mounted onto the wall.
- Open the box and look at the rows of switches, also known as breakers. If everything in your home is working properly they would all be in the “on” position, but if a circuit has been tripped (which means a surge of electricity has caused it to disengage to prevent electric shock), you’ll notice that one of them is not in the “on” position. If you can’t easily tell that one switch in particular has been tripped, you can perform step number 4 for each switch to simply reset them all.
- Flip the problem switch completely to the “off” position. Wait a moment, then flip it back completely to “on”.
- Go around and flip your devices back on, and plug anything in that you need to. Keep an eye out for outlets that have too many appliances plugged into them— you may want to purchase and utilize a few plug strips in order to avoid overloading your receptacles.
If the steps detailed above don’t yield any results, or you don’t think a tripped breaker is your problem, consider calling a certified electrician. They can give you professional advice over the phone, or come out to your location and diagnose the problem themselves.
Likewise, if the problem arises again, calling an electrician would be your best bet at making sure there aren’t any hidden problems in need of more complicated solutions.
Unfortunately, in the case that all power in your home goes out completely, there isn’t much you can do. It’s suggested that you call your power company or check local news stations to see if there is any information about how widespread the outage is, the potential cause of it, and an estimation of when it will be fixed.
The most important thing you can do during times like this is to know the risks associated with losing power unexpectedly. Below are a few tips to help keep you safe and comfortable during a total power outage:
- Try not to open your refrigerator or freezer. The food in the fridge should stay cold and safe to eat even if the power is out for 4 hours, while the food in your freezer should be able to last at least 24 hours. Keeping the doors closed will encourage the food to stay as cold as possible. Do NOT eat any food that is taken out of the fridge or freezer and is warmer than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Many people aren’t aware that their water purification systems may not work if the power to your home goes out. Because of this, it is advised to only drink bottled water, or to boil your water before you drink it to avoid consuming bacteria.
- During the summer: No air conditioning means there is a risk for heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Drink plenty of water and avoid beverages that will dehydrate you, do not perform strenuous activities, and take a cool shower if you start feeling too hot. Clothe appropriately, which means wearing loose-fitting clothing that exposes enough skin to keep you comfortable. Opening your windows can let in a relieving breeze, and closing your blinds can keep direct sunlight out of your home.
- During the winter: Cold-month power outages are much more common than summer ones because of winter storms, which frequently knock down trees and power lines and can cause a lot of damage. Dress in layers and push rolled-up towels against the bottom of the doors in your home to keep cold air from sneaking in. Eat warm foods if possible, but at the very least avoid cold ones, as they will only bring your bodily temperature down further. For this reason, it’s also important to avoid taking showers. A good way to get your blood pumping and your body temperature higher is to keep moving or exercise.
As with any electrical issue, many homeowners want to fix the issue on their own, but whether that can be done depends on the type of situation. If you have any electrical malfunctions in your home, calling a certified electrician company is a great way to get professional advice and figure out what your next step should be.
AmeriServ has been servicing homes and businesses across metro Atlanta and north Georgia for over a decade, and with our experience, we can help solve any electrical issues you may be experiencing. If you have questions or concerns regarding your electricity, contact AmeriServ today!