Power outages are pretty common in our lives because many unexpected things can lead to short term or long-term power outage. Maybe you forget to pay the electricity bill, your house wiring has some issues, or a storm hits your city.
We rely too much on electric devices like computer, refrigerator, robot vacuum, etc. Are you prepared if a power outage happens? Here are a few useful tips to help you prepare for a power outage, so you can still heat your home and feed your family if the entire region lost electricity for a few days.
It is necessary to store some non-perishable foods for a prolonged power outage. Non-perishable food including canned goods, dry goods, dehydrated goods, and other food that do not require refrigeration after opening like peanut butter. If you have a gas stove, prepare some food that you can cook on a stovetop. You may also need matches or lighters to get gas stoves flame started.
If you receive a power outage notice, you should keep your phones, computers, and other chargeable devices fully charged. Turn on low power mode on your phone to save battery once power outage strikes. You can also shift your phone to airplane mode and only used it when needed. For example, give a call to the power company to see what's going on.
To have some extra batteries or power bank is also a good idea. Nowadays, these devices are pretty cheap unless they are made by Apple. Solar charging devices are ideal in case of a power outage.
In case of your phone and the internet goes down, you should also prepare a battery-powered radio so that you can still receive weather and emergency information from the outside world. If you have a car, you can also listen to radios in your car.
Candles are easy to start a fire and burn your house down, so it is recommended to prepare some battery powered flashlights. Make sure they're operating correctly and you have plenty of batteries at hand to power your flashlights. Check them once in a while to make sure they're not too old and they're still within the expiry date indicated on the label.
During a power outage, there may be some stores remain open, but they most likely won’t be able to take credit card or mobile payment. Therefore, you should keep some cash at home for an emergency like this.
When the temperature goes well below zero in the winter, the only way to survive a long-term power outage, you will need some kind of wood or gas stove or other methods of heating your home. You should always have been an ample supply of wood or gas. To keep warm, close all doors and windows. Insulate windows with black blankets to draw heat from the sun.
If you need to drive, have some warm wool or blankets in your vehicle when before leaving your home. you will want an emergency set of road flares, not the LED ones powered by batteries because they will drain. If they're left outside in your car for a long period of time you want some road flares and shovel in case you have to dig your way out. You should also have an emergency jump starter powered by lithium.
To prepare for a prolonged power outage, you can consider a portable generator. You can use it to charge your cell phone and give you enough electricity to run appliances. If it is not raining, you can keep the generator outside. If you were to run it inside the house, you could easily get carbon monoxide poison.
During a power outage, try to stay out of your refrigerator as much as possible. Most refrigerators, if not all, will keep food cold up to four hours if you keep the door shut. For a freezer, food can even stay frozen up to four days if you keep your doors closed. When the power comes back on, check the food and throw the spoiled food into a trash can.
You should also prepare some ice packs in case the refrigerator runs out of space. To get them, simply fill up some Ziploc bags with water and freeze them up. Then fill your washing machine with ice packs and put in your food and the food will stay longer. When the ice melts, it will drain into the pipes as your washing machine would.
During the power failure, it is recommended to turn off or unplug all your electric devices, because when the power comes back, it can surge and cause damages. A power strip with surge protector is a good option for protecting electronics from, power surge. Of course, you should leave at least one light on so you’d know when the power is back on.
It surely is unpleasant to live without power for a few days or weeks. Luckily, with these power outage preparation tips, you shall live more comfortably should the power outage ever come to you. How else would you prepare for a long-term power outage? Let us know in the comments.