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Power Outage - Health & Safety Issues

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Power outages are common events for southern Illinois residents.  Regardless of the cause, if electricity is not available for an extended period of time, power outage has the potential to impact people's health and safety.  Potential power outage safety issues include food safety (from lack of food refrigeration) and carbon monoxide poisoning (from inappropriate use of power generators).  The information and resource links in this section can be used to prepare for power outage and avoid health and safety hazards.

Food Safety

FWBCHD's Environmental Health Division protects the health of residents in Franklin and Williamson counties in a variety of ways.  One way they do this is by conducting food inspections with area food vendors, e.g., restaurants, grocery deli departments, home-based food businesses.  In times of local power outage, the Environmental Health Division works to educate and advise area businesses and residents on food safety issues.  Inquiries about food safety matters should be directed to FWBCHD's Environmental Health Division in Benton at 618-439-0951 or Marion at 618-993-8111.

Excellent resources about power outage and food safety are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Click on any of the links below to access information. 

Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Safe Generator Use

Access helpful safety information from the CDC about portable power generator use and potential carbon monoxide poisoning.  Click on any of the links below for more information.

 Protecting You and Your Family from Radon

Access helpful safety information from the EPA about the harmful effects of radon gas exposure and how to prevent it. Click on any of the links below for more information.



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