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(dailynews.com) It was bad enough: 110 degrees outside, with a very warm night ahead.

Still, at least there were fans and air conditioning – until it happened:

A power-plant explosion set off an outage Saturday that made one of the hottest days on record even more difficult for 140,000 customers in Northridge, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Tarzana, North Hills, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills, Canoga Park and Woodland Hills.

So, what do you do when the power goes out on a hot day or a really warm night?

• Stay calm. Power crews are working on it. Clearly that was the case Saturday night. As one LADWP employee on the scene said, he’d just gotten off a 16 hour-shift and would have to start another at midnight. “It’s got to be done,” he said. “People are without power.”

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2015, municipal utility customers experienced the lowest instances of power outages in both frequency and duration, averaging one outage and about two hours of interrupted service. With major events factored in, investor-owned utilities’ customers averaged slightly more than three hours without electric service, while co-op customers averaged nearly five hours without power.

• Be cautious. You may be driving or walking through intersections that might be dark due to the power outages. In this case, Parthenia Street was closed in both directions between Vanalden and Yolanda avenues.

• Check the batteries on flashlights and radios.

• Look after young children, elderly people and ailing neighbors.

• Don’t forget your pets. Make sure they have fresh water and keep them calm.

• There’s always back-up power: Small and portable generators can provide backup power. But a 2013 article in Popular Mechanics suggested: Be careful, a big killer after disasters is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which is a possibility when a portable generator is placed too close to a homes.

• The Fridge: Eat what could spoil first in the fridge, but try to keep the freezer shut as long as possible, since it’ll stay cool the longest. Eat what’s in the freezer last.

• Finally, if you have to drive away, do it, but be mindful of emergency crews trying to restore service.