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Blog Dec 19, 2016

How to Handle a Power Outage During Winter

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Power outages in general are not ideal. However, they’re particularly difficult to handle during the cold winter months. There are several factors that can cause a winter power outage, but they would likely be weather-related. Winter power outages will be less troublesome if you are prepared! Below are some of our tips to remember in the event of an outage.

1. Layer Up!

This is an easy tip, but wearing warm clothes will make your cold home more bearable. Your body loses heat through your hands and the top of your head. It may seem silly to wear a winter hat or gloves indoors, but it could really help keep you toasty!

2. Keep Your Refrigerator Door Closed

Avoid opening your fridge and freezer doors as much as possible. If the doors are kept closed, the food inside will stay cold for hours. You don’t know how long the power will be out, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3. Unplug Large Electronics

It is important to remember to unplug your large electronics and appliances. When the power does return, the energy could create a power surge which is harmful to your equipment. Computers, TV, stereos and other electronics would be smart to unplug during a power outage.

4. Use Fire!

If you have a wood stove or fireplace, you can use them for heat. However, do not use gas-powered heat sources (gas grill, kerosene heater, etc.) as they can give off carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.

5. Be a Good Neighbor

Check in with your neighbors during the event of a winter power outage. It is particularly important to check on elderly neighbors who may not be able to assist themselves easily. Also, checking in with neighbors will allow you to see how widespread the outage is.

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