For Immediate Release | July 8, 2018
Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Possible Power Outage due to Wildland Fire in Wolcott
Avon, CO – The Town of Avon is encouraging residents to stay safe and prepare for a possible prolonged power outage due to a wildland fire in Wolcott. The following should be done before a power outage:
- Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer. Cold water bottles will help keep food cold during a power outage and can also be used for drinking water.
- Make a plan to prepare for family members with disabilities or who have ill health.
- Try to keep gas tanks at least half full. If the power goes out, gas stations may be unavailable.
- Have extra cash available. ATMs will not work without electricity.
- Keep a key to the house with you when away from home. The garage will not open if the power is out.
The following should be done during an outage:
- Use only flashlights or emergency lighting. Never use candles during a blackout or power outage due to fire risk.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep the contents inside as fresh as possible. If you must eat food, check it carefully for signs of spoilage.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances and electronics. The return of power may cause surges that can damage them.
- Use extreme caution when driving.
- Do not call 911 to ask about the power outage. Listen to a battery powered radio for updates.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by not using grills, unvented gas or kerosene heaters, generators or ovens and stoves in the house.
And additionally, the following should be done after an outage:
- Throw away food that has been exposed to temperatures more than 40 degrees for two hours or more, or if they have unusual color, odor or texture. Remember: When in doubt, throw it out!