Whether you learn the electricity is going to be shut off for maintenance or it suddenly goes out during a thunderstorm, power outages are a hassle. When you are unprepared, a sudden loss of electricity can be dangerous, especially during extreme temperatures. When you prepare for a power outage, you won’t be as inconvenienced when you lose electricity. Use these tips to plan ahead.
Keep Flashlights and Batteries on Hand to Prepare for a Power Outage
Flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns are essential for safety during a power outage. Have at least one device for each member of your household and enough batteries to power them for at least 48-72 hours.
If you use rechargeable flashlights or batteries, keep them fully charged and stored somewhere that is easy to access. To prepare for a power outage, confirm that all members of your family know where flashlights are located.
Being Medically Prepared
Many people rely on medical devices that require electricity to operate, like chair lifts, nebulizers, and CPAP machines. When there is no electricity, patients who count on equipment like this need a plan.
Speak to your medical provider about how to prepare for a power outage and any necessary precautions that should be put into place, like keeping a cooler on hand for medications that must be refrigerated.
Purchase a Generator to Prepare for a Power Outage
If you live in an area that is prone to electrical outages during storms or severe weather events, it might be worth investing in a generator to be better prepared.
A generator will provide power to a few appliances or a heat source when you don’t have electricity. A whole-house generator boosts property value, and it will provide you with reliable, backup power during blackouts.
Keep Water and Non-Perishable Food on Hand
Opening your freezer or refrigerator during a power outage accelerates the rate at which your perishable foods will spoil. Keep water and non-perishable canned goods in a cool, dry place. If you do not have a non-electric stove or grill, stock up on packaged food that can be eaten cold or at room temperature. Some of the best foods to have in your emergency supply include:
- canned fruit, soup, and tuna
- dry cereal
- protein bars
- granola bars
- peanut butter
- canned juice
When you are preparing for a power outage, stock at least one gallon of water per person per day. Put aside extra water for washing and for pets.
Use these tips to get your household ready in case the electricity goes out.