Whether it’s an incoming storm, natural disaster or just a flakey power grid that needs repairs, there are times when you’ll experience regular blackouts and this can be an incredibly stressful period of time. To help you prepare for power outages so that you can keep on living your life even in the dark, here are a couple of handy tips to keep in mind.
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Whether it’s an incoming storm, natural disaster or a power grid that needs repair, there are times when you’ll experience blackouts. To help you prepare for a power outage, here are a couple of handy tips to keep in mind.
Create an Emergency Plan Folder
This is especially useful if you have children around that might be home alone when the blackouts happen. Put together a folder that contains a list of information such as what to do, what emergency services to contact on the phone and a list of locations in the home for emergency supplies such as candles and food rations if required. You may want to get your family together to write up this plan so that everyone knows what to do.
Store Extra Supplies at Home
Water is of course the most important item to have. When you finish a large bottle of vinegar in your home, rinse it out, fill it with water and store it. This water can be used to water pets or help flush toilets. By adding a drop of non chlorine bleach to it or heating it to boiling then cooling back down, humans can then drink it. You can also stock up bottled drinking water to keep on hand for these emergencies.
Depending on the severity of the power outages, you may need to have an emergency store of food. Canned foods work well, but packaged snacks and rations can also help out. If you’ve got ample warning regarding a storm, then it’s possible to purchase short-life supplies that can last the entire outage. However, if you’re preparing for something unpredictable, it’s best to have a relatively large supply of canned and non-perishable foods. Try to get foods that you can eat without cooking, if possible, and keep an eye on the expiration dates.
In addition to these supplies, you might want to carry things like extra batteries as well. Phone chargers, battery banks and even car chargers to use your car battery are great options to keep your devices powered during a power outage.
Consider and External Generator
If you’d like to keep the power on even just for a bit, then you might want to consider installing a Generac or similar generator. This is especially important if you do important work that needs to be saved on a regular basis, and if you’re worried about your devices shorting due to a power outage. A generator should give you plenty of time to continue working, but if you’re only concerned about protecting your devices then a surge protector or a UPS backup battery will be sufficient. A generator is capable of powering your entire home for a short period of time and can be turned on and off as needed to conserve energy. This is also necessary to power some types of heat in the very cold months or to keep a freezer cold if your freezer is full and you don’t want all that food money to go to waste.
Power outages can be boring. Sure, it’s an excuse not to work and spend time with the kids, but it can get rather frustrating when you’re limited in what you can do. It’s a good idea to try and stay entertained during a power outage in order to keep yourself distracted. This can be a good time to read a book or start one, you could start using your fireplace to keep the home warm if you have one or you can get out a flashlight or candles and a board game for some traditional fun with your family.
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