Tips for getting through power outages during, after storms

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the Philadelphia area buckles down in preparation for the remnants of Hurricane Ida, officials are putting out warnings and safety tips for people to utilize.

When it comes to making sure you have access to others and can find your way around in the dark, Nils Hagen-Frederiksen with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said there are some pretty simple things you can do.

"Charge up your cellphone and any other battery opperated devices, so they are fully charged in case you should lose power<" Hagen-Frederiksen said.

"You can still report the outage."

Hagen-Frederiksen suggested that people should call their tour utility, not 911. He also said that if your have a power generator, make sure it's outside in a well ventilated place.

"Power appliances directly from the generator," he said. "Don't just plug the generator into your home system."

Hagen-Frederiksen explained that can lead to a dangerous situation for people working to restore power.

He added that when you are safe and secure, lend a helping hand to others if you can.

"Check on older neighbors, family friends, others who might be alone [and] might not have the resources," he said.

"Make sure they're okay."