Being properly prepared is critical when facing a potential blackout.
Losing your power can be a scary prospect, especially for long periods of time when the weather turns nasty. Here are a few tips to help you cope if you suddenly find yourself in the dark:
- Take Stock – Stock your pantry with water and non-perishable food items.
- Request Backup – Purchase a portable power supply to charge essential electronics.
- Match Box – Store matches, candles, batteries and a multi-bit screwdriver in a central location.
- Let There Be Light – Ensure each family member has a flashlight stored in a designated spot.
- Keep Your Cool – Don’t open your freezer or fridge unless it’s absolutely necessary.
- Stay Tuned – Have a battery-operated radio on hand so you can receive local news updates.
- Check Up – Check on residents in your community, especially if they’re elderly or on their own.
- Flip the Switch – Turn off the thermostat and all electronic equipment to prevent damage from a power surge when the power’s restored.
Blackouts can catch us off guard as we often take everyday essentials like light and heat for granted but by properly preparing for a blackout, they’ll be no need to panic. You can instead relax and have fun playing board games and telling stories by candlelight.