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For those of you living in the aftermath of hurricane Irene, I realize you might not have power to read this blog.  But, if you do and know someone without power, please share these important tips to keep in mind during the power outage. 

In my town, I was one of the lucky few who didn’t lose power.  Many of my friends won’t have their power restored until Saturday and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep kids occupied.  You also start to realize the little things you need to remember:


  • Many people filled their bathtubs and buckets with water to use for drinking or washing.  Keep everything in one bathroom and lock it off from toddlers who might climb in.  This can pose a drowning hazard.
  • Batteries are starting to run out and people are resorting to using candles.  Make sure to watch small children around them and don’t forget to blow them out.
  • In order to recharge cell phones and other electronics people are using car chargers and running their cars.  Be sure that small children don’t climb in the car and shift it into gear
  • If you have a gas/propane powered generator never run it in the basement or closed garage!
  • Make sure kids don’t eat food out of the refrigerator or freezer that could have spoiled
  • Unplug all appliances such as toaster ovens or fans that might have been on when the power went out.  When power is restored they could go back on and pose a danger.

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