The best way to survive a power outage is to be prepared before it happens. In this post, Bailey & Shipp Electric shares some of the things you can do before, during and after a power outage this winter.
Before the Storm
Prepare an emergency survival kit containing the following items:
Flashlights, emergency lamps and headlamps, along with an adequate battery supply.
Canned goods (and a manual can opener), ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare meals, drinking water and pet food for those with pets.
A first aid kit and prescription medications for existing illnesses.
Invest in an emergency electricity source. At a minimum, buy power banks so that at the very least you’ll be able to power your phone and other small devices. The best option though is to contact a contractor for generator installation services to install a standby generator.
Have an alternative way to cook, such as a propane stove. Just remember to use it outdoors or take precautions when using it indoors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Prevent power failures.
Home power failures can also happen, especially in winter when your HVAC system is working hard. Call your HVAC contractors and licensed residential electricians for a maintenance check this fall.
Have your generator inspected.
If you already own a power generator, it’s best to have it checked by professionals, especially if it’s been sitting idle for six months or more. After all, you don’t want your emergency power supply to go out when you need it most. Be sure you have enough fuel too.
During a Power Outage
Dress in layers and use blankets.
Gather together in one room.
Use towels and blankets to block drafts from windows and doors.
Don’t heat your home with a gas oven to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Prioritize food safety.
Minimize opening and closing the refrigerator or freezer.
Consume perishable food immediately.
Prevent additional damage.
Unplug electrical appliances to prevent damage from a power surge.
After the Power Outage
Schedule a safety inspection after a snowstorm to see if a residential electrical repair is in order.