Staying Safe During a Power Outage
Power outages are disruptive to your life and can be dangerous and even life-threatening if they are sudden and happen without warning. When you prepare for a power outage, you will improve your chances of staying safe and being as comfortable as possible. Here are some tips to help you get ready.
Prepare for a Power Outage by Getting a Generator
If you experience frequent power outages of varying durations, one of the most effective forms of preparation is investing in a generator.
Generators will keep critical appliances, like refrigerators and medical devices, running when there is no electricity. Installing a whole-house generator is a major investment, but it also adds value to your property. Consider buying a generator to help you through the power outage and give you a good return if you decide to sell your home in the future.
Get Batteries and Flashlights
As you prepare for a power outage, purchase lanterns, flashlights, and extra batteries that will help keep you safe and light your home until electricity is restored.
Make sure that you have at least one flashlight or lamp for each member of your household and enough batteries to keep them all powered for 48-72 hours of frequent operation.
Talk to Your Doctor About Medications and Health Devices
Millions of people use medical devices that rely on electricity and take medications that must be refrigerated. If you depend on a medical device that needs electricity, speak with your doctor about how to prepare for a power outage.
Your doctor will advise you and suggest precautions that will help keep you safe and healthy during blackouts. Many times, small adjustments like placing medications in cooler areas, will make all the difference.
Gather Non-Perishables to Prepare for a Power Outage
During a power outage, keep your refrigerator closed as much as possible. Stock up on food items that don’t require refrigeration or electricity to cook. Make sure there’s plenty of non-perishable food and enough water for each person to have a gallon per day for 3-5 days. Some of the most convenient items to stock up on include:
- Dry cereal
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Canned soups
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Protein bars
Keep an eye on your food storage after you prepare for a power outage and cycle through it to make sure that nothing expires.
Plan on Screen-Free Entertainment
Many people are accustomed to relaxing with phones, tablets, video games, and TV. It’s easy to get bored when those are no longer available. Make sure that you have screen-free activities that don’t require electricity at your house. Board games, puzzles, books, and craft projects will help to keep your family occupied while you wait for the blackout to end.