The fall and winter seasons often bring storms that can cause tree limbs to fall onto power lines. Sometimes the extent of the damage is severe enough to cause power outages that last for days. Getting through these require advanced preparation on the homeowner's part. The following tips will help you ride out a power outage.
Flashlights and Spare Batteries
When the power goes out after the sun sets, the very first requirement is being able to see. There should be plenty of flashlights strategically located throughout the house in easily located places. Select these locations and don't change them because there won't be enough light to hunt around for them after losing power. Keep a plentiful supply of spare batteries in case the power outage lasts for several days.
Battery Operated Phone
Make sure to have a phone that is battery powered so that you can communicate with the outside world. This is important should an emergency occur that requires outside help.
Keep an insulated cooler for storage of food that can spoil. A supply of ice in your freezer can be used to keep the contents in the cooler at a low temperature. A refrigerator can keep its contents cold for a number of hours, provided the door is never opened. However, this presents a problem when you get hungry.
Leave a Light Switch On
This will alert you when the power has returned.
Keep Your Power Generator Outside
Placing it in an enclosed area like the garage can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide buildup, which may find its way into your home.
Keep a Supply of Water
Depending on your situation, a power outage can mean no running water. This is certainly true if your water comes from a well. Each person will require one gallon of water per day.
Keep a food supply that will last for a few days. The food should not require cooking or refrigeration. Keep a manual can opener handy.
Power outages that last for days can use up flashlight batteries before the power returns. When you require ambient lighting for the rooms in your home, some types of candles can last for many hours, which allows you to conserve your batteries when you don't know how long you will be without power. The candles should rest on a sturdy, level surface and be used away from flammable items.
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