Winter Power Outage Tips
WHAT ARE WINTER POWER OUTAGE TIPS BEFORE I LOSE POWER?
When a winter storm is brewing, and there is a very real threat of losing power, having a few winter power outage tips in your back pocket can keep you warm and save your home. Before the power outage happens, you can prepare your home in a few simple steps. Preparation is recommended even if there isn’t a winter storm on its way. When you’re always ready for a winter power outage, the risks of damage to yourself or your home decreases.
Winter power outage tips before an outage include:
- Prepare any secondary heat sources you have in the home. Kerosene heaters require proper ventilation, and fireplaces need regular maintenance. If you have a generator, make sure it’s installed correctly. Neglecting these sources of heat and power is dangerous. You don’t want to find out they’re faulty after you lose power. Any fuel needs proper storage and an adequate supply to get you through the outage.
- Check your supplies. Necessary supplies include, but are not limited to flashlights, battery operated radio, batteries, first aid kit and a backup supply of water. For the water, it may stay on, but it may not. If you live in a rural area or use well-water, chances are you won't have running water. If you know a storm is about to hit, fill the bathtubs with water. This water is only for cleaning and flushing the toilet. Drinking water can be saved beforehand in gallon zip lock bags you store in the freezer.
- Ensure your home is properly insulated and you have storm doors and windows installed. If you lack storm windows, you can stretch a piece of saran wrap across the windows to limit heat leaving the home. You also want to insulate your water pipes, or at least leave a trickle of water running in the faucets to prevent freezing.
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WHAT ARE WINTER POWER OUTAGE TIPS DURING THE OUTAGE?
If the power outage happens, your preparation before the storm will be put to the test. There are also several winter power outage tips for during the outage. Preparation only goes so far during a winter storm, so knowing how to handle the situation is beneficial to your household and your home.
Winter power outage tips during the power loss include:
- Converge into one room, preferably the one with the least windows. Use any secondary heating sources safely.
- Dress weather-appropriate. Warm, but loosely fit clothes in layers are preferable. Mittens are better than gloves at keeping your fingers warm, and wearing a hat prevents heat loss through your head. If cold enough, cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
- Keep an eye on yourself and other occupants for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- You can melt snow for an additional source of water.
- Unplug your electronics to protect them from power surges when the power comes back on.
WHAT ARE WINTER POWER OUTAGE TIPS AFTER THE POWER COMES BACK?
You’ll probably be immensely relieved when the power comes back on, but the dangers have not completely abated. There are still concerns to deal with, especially if it was a longer than expected power loss.
Winter power outage tips after the outage include:
- If you have to go outside, avoid any downed power lines you come across and be cautious about hidden ones. They may be inside a snow bank.
- Check on your neighbors to make sure they weathered the storm well.
- Check your basement for flooding and don’t wade into it if it is. Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes and water damage. Check visible pipes for splitting before you try to thaw them out. If there is water damage from burst pipes, call a water damage restoration company to mitigate the water and repair damage to your floors and drywall.
More info? For more information about winter power outages, check out our other post: POWER OUTAGE: HOW TO RESTART YOUR HEAT!
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