3 Tips for Dealing With Long Power Outages
Fortunately, unless there is a natural disaster, power outages are usually short-lived. Here are some ideas to get you prepared for a long power outage:
- Have Alternative Sources Of Power — And Know Where They Are
If you know that a power outage is possible, try to charge your mobile phone and/or power banks before the event so that you can make emergency calls if necessary or check on your loved ones. If you need to make sure that you have electricity for comfort and so that your food doesn’t spoil in the fridge/freezer, consider buying a generator.
If you do get a generator, be sure that you know how to use it. Keep plenty of fuel for it on hand, and always run it outside.
Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and candles are other great sources of power that will provide a way to cook, warmth, and light. Remember to have matches or a lighter on hand.
You can also stock up on batteries, which can be used for flashlights and a weather radio. Know where your flashlights and the radio are so that you can grab them as soon as the power goes out.
2. Keeping And Preparing Food Without Electricity
If you are facing a long power outage, start eating perishable foods from the fridge first. Only open the fridge when absolutely necessary to keep the cold in as long as possible. Use a grill or camping stove outside to cook your food. Let me repeat that. Cook outside. ALWAYS. This will avoid an indoor fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Keep your freezer completely closed for as long as possible too. You can even insulate it by throwing a comforter or large blanket over it. Once you get to the point that you’re running out of fresh food from the refrigerator, you can begin thawing, cooking and eating the freezer food.
3. Staying Comfortable (Warm or Cool) Without Power
During long power outages, keeping cool or warm can be a great concern. One thing that makes a big difference is insulating your home ahead of time. You can open the curtains or shutters during the day to let in the sunlight and warmth if you’re in a cold climate. Or you can close the curtains or shutters to keep out the heat if you’re in a warm climate. You can also dress appropriately by wearing as little as possible or snuggling up under several layers and a big blanket. In either case, make sure you get plenty of fluids.
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