Power outages happen. Whether the cause is a storm or a random occurrence, the result can mean you're without electricity for a few moments...

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Power outages happen. Whether the cause is a storm or a random occurrence, the result can mean you’re without electricity for a few moments or even a few days.

Make emergency preparations so that when the lights do go out, you’re not left completely in the dark.

Here are some tips and resources:

Assemble an emergency kit. It should include flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered radio or television, a battery-powered or windup alarm clock, an insulated cooler, blankets and a change of clothing.

Remember a first-aid kit, and items for infants, seniors or other family members with special needs.

Have a working phone. Make sure you have at least one land-line phone with a cord (cordless phones require electricity) or a cellphone, which can be charged in your car with an adapter.

Store food and water. Keep a supply of bottled water, nonperishable food that doesn’t need heating and a manual can opener.

Note: A full refrigerator will keep food at a safe temperature up to four hours. Food will stay frozen for up to 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer, 24 hours in a freezer that is half-full.

Protect your home. If an outage occurs, turn off appliances. Doing so will avoid a circuit overload. Leave on one lamp so you’ll know when power is restored.

Proceed with caution. Adequately vent space heaters that use kerosene, propane or alcohol to avoid fatal carbon-monoxide gas buildup.

• For more storm tips, go to www.seattle.gov/transportation/weathertips.htm.

• To report a power outage in Seattle, call 206-684-7400. To report traffic signal problems, call 206-386-1206.

• For King County information, go to www.metrokc.gov/safety.htm. Snohomish County information can be found at www1.co.snohomish.wa.us.

Sources: Pepco and Seattle Department of Transportation