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10 Things You Should Never Do When the Power Goes Out

Bob Vila Logo By Ayn-Monique Klahre of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 10: <p>Before you go into a panic, check your circuit breaker to make sure your power outage isn’t just an overloaded circuit. If that’s not the issue, start checking with your <a href="https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/9-ways-your-neighbors-can-screw-up-your-home-sale-50498?">neighbors</a> and nearby friends, keeping in mind that since most towns operate on a grid system, you may lose power while the houses across the street still have it. Knowing who’s got power will help you figure out your next steps. </p><br><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/10-easy-repairs-never-to-pay-someone-else-for-48806?">10 Easy Repairs Never to Pay Someone Else For</a></strong></p>

Don’t assume it’s out for everyone

Before you go into a panic, check your circuit breaker to make sure your power outage isn’t just an overloaded circuit. If that’s not the issue, start checking with your neighbors and nearby friends, keeping in mind that since most towns operate on a grid system, you may lose power while the houses across the street still have it. Knowing who’s got power will help you figure out your next steps. 

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