It doesn't happen very often, but once in a while, a winter storm comes through and knocks the power out. Any other time of the year, going without electricity is a nuisance, but in the winter months it can be downright dangerous. Take steps now to make sure you are prepared should a snow or ice storm leave you without power for a few days.
- Keep an extra supply of blankets on hand. They will be critical for staying warm.
- Stock up on batteries and have flashlights and a battery-powered radio ready.
- Have bottled water available for drinking. If you rely on a well, fill some spare containers of water for washing and flushing.
- Stock up on a supply of non-perishable food (with a hand-operated can opener, if necessary) and set aside for this situation.
- Have an alternate heat source. A fireplace or kerosene heater are common solutions, but make sure you have enough fuel or wood on hand and ensure that the room is well ventilated.
When the power goes out, stay away from any power lines that may be down. Focus on staying warm and safe, and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Keep the doors to the refrigerator and freezer shut to keep food from spoiling. Allow faucets to drip a bit to keep pipes from freezing. If you have access to a generator, use it with caution. If possible, stay off the streets to allow emergency personnel and power companies full access to the roads. Check on neighbors who may need help, especially the elderly.
A winter storm can be a beautiful, but dangerous thing. Take steps now to ensure you're prepared for some time without power, so if it does happen you will be able to keep you and your family safe.
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