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Disabled and Elderly Safety During Power Outages

People who are elderly or disabled and live by themselves can face some obstacles when it comes to power outages, especially if it's for an extended period of time.
December 27, 2013


In the event of a power outage, people who have serious medical ailments with treatments that depend on electricity, could be in danger. People who are elderly or disabled and live by themselves can face some obstacles when it comes to power outages, especially if it's for an extended period of time. James Burkhardt has downs syndrome and also has several severe health ailments. He needs oxygen daily, and always wears it when he sleeps, especially because he has sleep apnea. Burkhardt has experienced trouble before, during times when his power is out for hours at a time. We talked to a specialist who has some advice for Burkhardt and others. Most people have oxygen concentrators, and each supply company provides a back-up tank, but the key is making sure to have that back up tank easily accessible, and keep an eye on your supply. People in similar situations such as those on feeding pumps or with electric hospital beds may want to consider a back up generator in case of an extended power outage. Also, have an emergency cell phone or Lifealert system in case your phone line isn't working during the outage.
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