Weather forecasts show high temperatures near 90 degrees in Minneapolis this week. It is important for you to take care of yourself and others during a heat wave, especially during a power outage.
1. Spend time in air-conditioned buildings and avoid direct sunlight if possible.
2. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
3. Take cool showers or baths.
4. Avoid using the stove or oven to cook;
5. Drink more water than usual and remind others to do the same;
6. Check on friends, family and neighbors twice a day.
FOOD SAFETY DURING POWER OUTAGE
7. For your freezer: A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.
8. For your refrigerator: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
9. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your food right before you cook or eat it. Throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Monday morning, Xcel Energy reported 42,000 households in Minnesota were still without power, with some homes expected to remain without power until Wednesday. The weekend storm produced a staggering 554,000 power outages at its peak.
More than 1,000 linemen, from 22 companies representing 14 states, have been working to restore power.