Summer storms can lead to inevitable power outages, which are never ideal when the temperatures are high. Just as you would in a winter power outage, proper precautions need to be taken in the event of a summer power outage. Here are our top tips for staying safe during a power outage during the summer.
1. Load Up on Essentials
It is important to keep certain essential items in your homes at all times, in the event of a long power outage. We recommend keeping the following items in your home just in case! We think it is better to be safe than sorry. Also, you want to be sure to stock up on items that could last you up to 3 days without power.
- Water: buy gallon jugs or several cases of water bottles, and drink them! Hydration is key during a summer power outage!
- Batteries: for battery-operated fans, flashlights, lanterns, etc.
- Non-perishable foods: canned veggies may not be ideal, but they may become a lifesaver in extreme situations!
2. Keep the Fridge Closed
In an effort to keep your food as fresh as possible, try to avoid frequently opening the fridge door. Similarly, a full fridge or freezer keeps your foods cold longer. However, we suggest if you must eat the food in the fridge, try eating the foods that would spoil first!
3. Check on Your Neighbors
If the power in your neighborhood has been out for a day or two, try to check on your neighbors. This is especially important for your elderly neighbors, who may not have been prepared for the outage.
4. Block the Sun and Keep Doors Closed
Close the curtains or blinds in your rooms! This will help keep the rooms from getting too hot during the day. We also recommend you avoid opening windows and doors if possible. The temperature of your home is likely cooler than the temperature of the air outdoors, so try to keep that air in.