How to Stay Warm and Safe When the Power Goes Out
As you and many other families across the country are bracing for winter storms, you may be considering some preparation to help keep warm. Power outages and freezing temperatures means getting creative with heat. Additionally, fires due to the misuse of different heating sources are a major concern when storms hit. So how can you keep your family warm and safe if you experience a power outage? Here are some ways you can prepare for power outages.
Alternative Heat Sources
When your regular heat is out due to the power outage, you’ll want to have some alternative options. Keep in mind these sources are where the fire risk is the highest. Make sure to follow all recommended safety protocols when using these.
Your level of risk of power outage will determine what options are best for you. You don’t need to splurge for a large generator or panel of solar heaters if you generally have mild winters with minimal risk of power outage.
Keep the Warmth In
Just like you want your kids to keep the door to the freezer closed to keep the cold air in, when the power goes out, you’ll want to keep the warm air in for as long as possible.
When trying to keep the warmth in, you can get very creative with keeping the cold out. Huddle up together in a small place and focus all of your resources on heating that one area.
Use What You Have
As with using curtains and towels to keep the warmth in, you may need to break out extra layers and blankets to keep yourself warm.
If you have a love for blankets and sweatshirts, you’re halfway there as far as preparing for a power outage in the cold weather.
You may have heard old wives’ tales about how you can keep your house warm without power and rolled your eyes. But some of those things may be true, with a little creativity.
Creativity is key here, coupled with safety. Whatever you can think of that will keep you and your family warm is worth trying out.
Is your area at risk for a power outage this winter? Review these tips and be ready to implement them if the time comes. Stay warm!