DTE Energy provided us with these tips on what you should do in the event of a power outage:
• Stay at least 20 feet from downed power lines and anything with which they come in contact, especially metal fences. Treat every downed power line as if it were energized.
• Don't open refrigerators or freezers more often than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for 12 hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days.
• Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Leave on one light switch to indicate when power is restored.
• Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes.
• If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should try to make alternative accommodations with family or friends.
• During low-voltage conditions – when lights are dim and television pictures are smaller – shut off motor-driven appliances such as refrigerators to prevent overheating and possible damage. Sensitive electronic devices also should be unplugged.
• Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets or any electrically-operated appliance. The water or moisture may serve as a conductor of electricity. This can cause serious or even fatal injury.
• To avoid freezing pipes during the winter, slowly drip water from faucets and periodically flush toilets.