WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- If you just got your power back or you're waiting for the lights to come back on, you need to protect to your appliances.
While your power is out, turn off all the lights and electrical appliances, except the refrigerator and freezer.
Keep one lamp on so you will know when the service is back.
Wait 15 minutes after the power is on before you turn on your appliances.
And, make sure to use surge protectors. They will protect your electronics form power spikes.