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Electricity could fail during storms.

With an ice storm hitting Greater Cincinnati and more ice and snow en route, power outages are expected. Businesses and organizations across the region are providing advice on how to handle these electrical emergencies.


According to Duke Energy websiteresidents must unplug non-essential items and stay away from windows and doors. Find an interior room, closet, or hallway.

Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency
suggests plug in all electronic devices while the power is still on. That way, officials say, phones and laptops are charged and ready to use in the event of a power outage. If there is no electricity at home but your car is accessible, consider charging a phone there. The agency also recommends limiting non-emergency calls and posting your location on social media if you’re stuck (and safe) in a vehicle.

If electricity is not available in your home, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities recommend keep warm air in and cool air out.

“Seal leaks and gaps around the house with caulk, spray foam or weatherstripping. Make sure hot air registers aren’t blocked by curtains or furniture,” they say.

You should also have an emergency kit on hand with a battery-powered radio, flashlights for all family members, fresh batteries for all devices, a first aid kit, and over-the-counter medications. and on prescription. Hamilton County also recommends adding a can opener, important documents, waterproof matches, and hygiene items.

To report a power outage to Duke Energy, text 57801 or call 800-543-5599. To report natural gas, call 800-634-4300.

the CDC and ready.gov has its own recommendations for dealing with a power outage, covering several areas.

Food safety

Food in the refrigerator will start to spoil after four hours without electricity. A full freezer will keep your food safe for 48 hours (25 hours if half full) if you don’t open the door.

Use a cooler with ice if needed. Monitor food temperature with a thermometer and throw it away if the temperature is 40 degrees or more.

As a general rule, four hours after the power goes out, you should throw out perishable foods, including meat, poultry, fish eggs and leftovers.

You can safely refreeze or cook food from the freezer if the food still contains ice crystals and is as cold as refrigerated.

Drink water

In the event of a power outage, your tap water may no longer be good because the water purification systems are not fully functioning. You must use “safe water” for drinking, cooking and bathing, such as bottled, boiled or treated water.


If the electricity goes out for a day or more, you should throw away medications that need to be refrigerated, unless the medication label says otherwise. Consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately for a fresh supply. If your life depends on this chilled medicine, you should only use it until a new supply becomes available.

Carbon monoxide

You should only use generators, pressure washers, grills and similar items outdoors. Generators should be kept at least 20 feet from your home. Use an extension cord to keep it at a safe distance. If conditions are too cold, seek shelter with friends or a community shelter.

Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on each level of your home. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

In addition, ready.gov advise residents to:

  • unplug appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Find out from the local authorities which heating and air conditioning outlets are open near you.

Allison Babka contributed to this story.

A version of this story was originally published by sister newspaper CityBeat LEO Weekly.

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