There are a number of things you can do to help keep you and your family safe during an emergency.
- When using a generator as backup power in your home, make sure that it has been properly installed by a licensed electrician
- Follow the manufacturer's safety instructions when using generators
- Never plug a generator into a regular electrical outlet in your home
- Never plug portable generators hooked into a regular electrical outlet in your home
- Never use barbecues, gas generators or other gas-fueled appliances inside your home (carbon monoxide fumes can kill you very quickly)
- Beware of food contamination
- Keep your full chest freezer closed during a power outage to keep everything frozen for about two days
- Keep food cool for four to six hours in a refrigerator during a power outage
- Throw out any food if you think it may be spoiled
- Bring water to a boil for 10 minutes, if you suspect your drinking water supply is contaminated
- Add five drops of chlorine bleach to 4.5 L of clear water and let it stand for 15 minutes if you can't boil your water
- Add 10 drops of chlorine bleach to 4.5 L of cloudy water and let it stand for 30 minutes if you can't boil your water
- Make sure you are safe before helping others
- Stay calm and reassure your children so they are also calm
- Check on your neighbours, especially elderly neighbours, if it is safe to do so
The Government of Canada also has tips on what to do before an emergency event, such as tornadoes, power outages and other emergencies.
Learn more about emergency planning.