9 Tips During a Power Outage
Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome. If a power outage is 2 hours or less, don’t be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize loss and keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.
- Have Flashlights Ready
Have flashlights that are easily accessible and multiple locations around your home. Be sure to also have plenty of fresh, spare batteries. You need one really great flashlight but it is also nice to have a bunch of small, handheld LED handheld flashlights.
- Have Emergency Candles
Candles can last longer periods of time and they are a lot cheaper buying in bulk than flashlights. Also, keep plenty of matches available.
- Have a Battery-Operated Radio
Solar radio or hand crank radio is useful to be informed with any news and weather updates. Make sure your radio is in working condition by testing it at least once a year.
- Have a Manual Can Opener
A simple tool, but a very useful one for opening cans of food.
- Keep Your Automobile’s Fuel Tank At Least Half Full
Many gas stations will not be in operation during a power outage. Fill up your tank if a major storm is predicted.
- Unplug Sensitive Electrical Equipment
Turn off computers, printers, televisions, and any other plug in equipment. When the power comes back on, there may be power spikes that can damage delicate electronics.
- Don’t Open Refrigerators or Freezers Unless It Is Necessary
An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately 4 hours; an unopened freezer will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours and even longer if it is located in a cold garage. Throw away any food items that become warmer than 41 degrees.
- Keep a Supply Of Books, Board Games, Or Playing Cards
With power outages televisions, computers, cell phones, and game consoles will be unavailable for use. Go back to the basics of entertainment and read a book, play connect four or monopoly, and a deck of cards to let the time past by.
- Acquire a Portable Generator
Learn to safely use your generator and test it monthly. Don’t forget to store enough fuel to run the generator for up to a week. Remember, your portable generator does not have to run full time.
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