What To Do if You Lose Power

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If you lose power, first check your fuse and/or circuit breaker box and main breaker if appropriate. If that is not the problem, and your neighbors also have no power, call PSE&G at 1-800-436 7734.


If your fuse or breakers are in a flooded area, do not go near them until the water recedes or is removed.

Always stay away from fallen power lines, and always assume they are energized. Notify the Ridgewood Police 201-652-3900 and PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734 if you notice wires are down in your area.


Know how to open your garage door without the electric opener.

Remember, electric well and sump pumps will not operate.

Unplug all motor-driven appliances like refrigerators and freezers and sensitive electronic equipment (like TVs, microwaves and computers) to prevent a possible electrical overload when power is restored.

Leave one light switch on to indicate when power is restored.

Have a battery-operated radio and flashlight handy.

Tips to prevent food spoilage:

Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold enough for a few hours. A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours and a full freezer, between 36 and 48 hours.

Throw a blanket over appliances for added insulation.

You can also extend food storage by packing refrigerated milk, dairy products, meats, fish poultry, eggs, and other foods in a cooler surrounded by ice.

Specific advice on food spoilage is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the American Red Cross.


Village Of Ridgewood Website

Ridgewood Office Of Emergency Management