This time of year, when the big blizzards are prone to hit, we’re always concerned with a power outage. If you haven’t experienced one, then you may not have thought about all the implications, like these:
- How to keep warm
- How to cook food
- How to keep pipes from freezing as temperatures drop indoors
- How to provide light
There’s never any knowing when the power goes out after an ice or wind storm when exactly it will come on again. After Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, many homeowners were without power for a week. After Hurricane Andrew in Florida, someone homeowners did not get their power back for many weeks.
It’s best to be thinking ahead before the big storms arrive. But here are some things you can do to get ready.
Keeping warm while the power’s out is critical when temperatures plummet. Stock warm blankets and sleeping bags, and dress in layers, including warm socks and caps. If you have a fire place or wood stove, set aside a good store of wood or stove pellets. Remember that any combustible source of heating requires venting, or you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Investment in a portable or whole-house generator may be a good idea for powering such essential appliances as the furnace, the refrigerator, a computer and lights.
Maintain a week’s supply of nonperishable foods for you and your family. Plan how you will cook or heat food without electricity. You might use a propane gas or charcoal grill outdoors, a camping stove or even a fire pit. Keep food choices simple; select items that store easily and require minimal preparation.
Keep a number of mini LED flashlights on hand, as well as propane, solar or battery-powered lanterns.
- Turn off all appliances so a power surge will not damage them when the electricity comes back on.
- Keep refrigerator doors closed so that food stays cool.
To learn more about surviving a power outage, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We serve Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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