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Safety Tips during Power Failures
Village of Croton-on-Hudson E-Notice

Safety Tips for Emergency Lighting and Heating during Power Failures

When your power is out, you may be introducing potential hazards to your home so you must take extra precautions to make sure that everyone stays safe.

1. Candles

If you use candles make sure you keep them away from all combustible materials. Never leave them unattended and place them out of reach of young children. Candles should be placed in solid, secure candle holders and protected by a glass chimney.

Try to avoid walking with a lit candle or taking it into a closet to look for things. Use a flashlight.

Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle.

Before going to bed, do a quick check of every room to make sure candles are out and heaters are off. Wear several layers of clothing to preserve body heat.

2. Oil lamps 

Oil lamps or lanterns provide excellent light but can be a fire hazard if placed too close to combustibles. Keep oil lamps away from combustibles and out of the wind. Make sure they are kept in a secure place where they cannot be knocked over. Refill the lamps outdoors or away from combustibles.

3. Portable Heating Devices, Generators

Use only portable space heaters that have been designed for indoor, residential use. When using the heater, provide adequate ventilation by opening a window slightly.

Never use propane or charcoal barbecues indoors. They are designed for outdoor use only. It is preferable to eat a cold meal than die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Gasoline, natural gas, or propane generators are not for indoor use as they produce high amounts of dangerous, and deadly carbon monoxide gas.