As we head into the colder months of the year, it is important to prepare for possible power outages so that your home can remain warm, even if the power is out. When the power goes out, there are simple and easy things you and your family can do to keep comfortable as you wait for the power to come back on.
Layer Your Clothing
When there is no power to heat your home, your body can quickly feel the outdoor temperatures and struggle to stay warm. Layering clothing is one of the easiest ways to ensure your body stays warm when you do not have power. From your head to your toes, layer your clothing to give your body the extra heat it needs. Don’t forget about your feet, hands or head when layering your clothing, as those areas are where your body can lose the most heat. You may feel silly doing so, but wearing hats and gloves, even when you’re indoors, can really help your body remain warm as you wait out the power outage.
Close Curtains at Night
As the sun goes down, so does the temperature, which means your home may get colder during the night time hours. If your windows have curtains, use them to ensure your home is staying as warm as possible without power. Curtains provide extra protection from the cold air seeping through the glass or possible leaks in windows. If not all of your windows have curtains, don’t worry, you can use blankets to block excess cold air from entering your home. Simply fasten the corners of the blanket around the window to act as a curtain. In the morning, draw back your curtains and take the blankets down to let sunlight into your home. Something as simple as sunlight can make a big difference in your home’s temperature when you are without power.
Light Up Your Fireplaces and Candles
If your home is without power, fireplaces and candles are great ways to add some extra heat to your home. If your home has a fireplace, stock up on firewood at the beginning of the season and don’t forget to store it in a dry place. That way, if you lose power, you will have enough dry firewood ready to both heat and light your home. Along with fireplaces, candles are another way to provide some extra heat. By placing candles in rooms throughout your home, you can add some light and warmth until the power is back on. When using a fireplace or candle, always remember to use caution around open flames.
Drink Warm Liquids
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and soup are the perfect treat for a chilly day. As you keep your home warm with the tips above, remember you can take steps to warm the inside of your body as well. You can invest in a portable gas burner to help heat the liquids and give your body the extra warmth it needs during a power outage, but remember to read the safety instructions. Drinking and eating warm liquids is important to ensure your body temperature remains at a healthy level.
Break Out the Blankets
When the power goes out on a cold fall or winter day, break out the blankets for some extra warmth. From sitting in front of the fire, to cozying up on the couch, blankets are a great way to cover your body in a little extra heat. Since most blankets do not cover your entire body, make sure to wear socks and even a hat to ensure all areas of your body area covered. Grab all the blankets you can find and wrap yourself up the next time your house is without power on a chilly day.
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