10 Tips to Prepare for a Power Outage

During the winter months, ice freezes up on wires which can cause them to snap. There’s no way to prevent Mother Nature from wrecking havoc, but you can still be prepared in case you lose power.

Losing power is an inconvenience that could put you and your family in danger. The loss of heat and lighting can be a pain, but also life threatening. You should also ensure you weather proof your home to keep your family warm during the winter months, but also save on energy costs. ServiceLive can connect you with trusted service experts to weather proof your home.

10 tips to prepare for a power outage

  1. Candles are a must and don’t forget matches or lighters. Every fall take inventory of candles and igniter materials. You can find candles at many local stores or order online at Kringle Candle’s.
  2. Flash lights: Having more than one can be very helpful. Make sure to load up on batteries before the winter.
  3. Firewood: If you have a fireplace make sure you replenish your firewood every fall and also make sure you cover the firewood so that it stays dry.
  4. Blankets: You can never have too many. If the heat goes out, you will need extra blankets to stay warm.
  5. Food: Any food that needs refrigeration will spoil if the power is off for too long. It’s recommended that you have an ample supply of canned foods, water and breads in case you are unable to head out to the local grocery store.
  6. Radio: A radio that runs on batteries can keep you and your family well informed about local news in your area. Make sure you have extra batteries!
  7. Generators: A backup generator is great, but can be costly. If you have one make sure you have enough gas to run the generator for at least 24 hours or more. Do not store gas inside the home!
  8. Doors: Keep doors closed at all times to prevent any warm air from escaping. The longer you can hold the heat inside the better.
  9. Huddle: Just like football, if you huddle together you will stay warmer.
  10. Stay active: Moving around will raise or maintain body temperature.

These are 10 tips that could help you get through the next power outage.

If you have others tips, please share them with us.

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5 Responses

  1. Barry says:

    Great tips Frank. I would add one more to the generator tip… It is common sense but make sure to use the generator outside of the house in a well ventilated area.

  2. Frank Jovine says:

    Good tip! No one wants to smell fumes and or start a fire in their home.

  3. Shahroz Olfat says:

    Frank lots of great tips. Sears has great selection of portable generators and even offers fully automated home generators that can power the entire house. Check them out on http://www.sears.com.

  4. Shahroz Olfat says:

    Having also lived in Florida for such a long time and being the Hurrican captial it helps having a checklist of these items to help prepare for outages that lasted for several days or even weeks.

  5. JIm says:

    During a power outage people tend to get bored as we’re all use to be entertained with our electronics so break out some board games or a deck of cards to help pass the time!

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