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CBS 21's James Tully shows you how to stay safe in a power outage

Reported by: James Tully 

MARIETTA -- A wet, heavy snow blanketed our area Monday and snapped power lines. This left thousands without power for portions of the day and with ice in the forecast for tomorrow that number could easily increase.

According to Bill Hornung, owner of Hornung's Hardware, there are better options than investing in generators. If you do not maintain them every three months during the year Hornung says it's difficult to rely on them in a moments notice.

There are other simple inexpensive steps you can take to make sure your home is ready for a power outage. Having bottled water and nonperishables like canned food stocked in your pantry is an obvious step, but Hornung says to have more foresight and put extra ice in your freezer. This will allow you to keep food colder longer if the power gets knocked out.

Having a first aid kit ready to go is a necessity. A collection of antiseptic and band aids will do the trick.

Batteries are always a good item to have handy as they can power radio or heater but we found an LED flashlight for under $10 that plugs into a wall. It doesn't require batteries and as long as it's charged it'll be ready to go.  

In the bathroom if you have well water and the electric goes out you're not going to have water so I filled up the bathtub. This will conserve water to help flush toilets.

For heat Hornung recommends propane space heaters. He says they are safe, efficient and inexpensive.
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