How to Prepare Your Home for a Power Outage
Originally posted on https://www.news9.com/story/40935117/how-to-prepare-your-home-for-a-power-outage
You never know how much you depend on electricity until it goes out. We’re all familiar with that sinking feeling when we’re unexpectedly plunged into darkness. The only thing you can think is, “Now what?”.
Instead of wondering what to do next, get a plan together for your home so you’re not caught off guard. Especially since you never know how long the power outage will last.
To get you started, let’s look at how to prepare for a power outage.
Buy a Generator
Having a portable or standby generator will get you through any power outage without much loss. Sold at places like Kruger or your local hardware store, you will find one available in any power wattage needed to keep your home functional.
Buy one specifically made for household use. It’s enough to power basics such as your refrigerator and personal electronics. Or you can get one to power your entire house.
Just make sure you run it outside, at least 10 feet away from windows and doors. That keeps dangerous carbon monoxide fumes from getting inside your home.
Keep an Emergency Kit
A power outage is not the time to hunt around in the dark, trying to pull together the supplies you need. Having a kit prepared beforehand will save you the time and trouble of finding yourself without the essentials.
Pack together flashlights, extra batteries, portable phone chargers, glowsticks (instead of candles), bottled water, and non-perishable foods. Also know where your medications are, along with cash and forms of identification.
Have an Appliance Thermometer
When learning how to prepare for a power outage, many people don’t realize how important having an appliance thermometer is.
As soon as the power goes out, the clock starts ticking on the lifespan of the food inside your refrigerator. Food inside the fridge will stay safely cold for about four hours if you don’t open the door. A full freezer will maintain its temperature for about two days.
To prevent your family from eating spoiled after a power outage, make sure your appliance thermometer reads 40 degrees F or below in the fridge and 0 degrees or below in the freezer.
Since power outages can happen at any time of the year, it’s important to know how to keep your family comfortable in all weather conditions.
If it’s hot out, keep a supply of battery-powered fans available to use. Placing one in an open window will make a big difference when conditions get stuffy. Also, since heat rises, stay on the lowest level of your home.
In the winter, store lots of blankets and pile on the warm clothing. Staying in a central room, away from drafts and windows, will help trap heat in.
Beat the Darkness by Knowing How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Power outages are never fun, but they don’t have to leave you sitting in the dark. By knowing how to prepare for a power outage, your home will never get caught off guard again.
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