Power outages can occur for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes the power is briefly down because a tree hit a wire. Other times power outages can be more severe and long lasting if a large storm in passing through your area. No matter the case, it is important that you are prepared in advance for a power outage of any kind. Here are 5 ways to prepare your home for an extended power outage.
- Have an emergency kit pre-packed and on hand. This should be a kit that has all the essentials in it to get your and your family through at least 3 days without power. This should include changes of clothes, toiletries, hand and face wipes, hand sanitizer, deodorant and other necessary items that can help your family feel comfortable even if there is no hot water or power.
- Always keep filtered water on hand. This doesn’t mean a few small water bottles. Each person in your home should have at least 1 gallon of water specifically for them. This water can be used for drinking purposes as well as bathing needs if necessary. Ideally, it is wise to have a few gallons per person so that you have more than enough to get your family through a long time span without power.
- It is important to have non-perishable food goods on hand. If your refrigerator is not powered, none of your food will stay fresh for very long. You should have food items that do not require preparation and that will last. Some good options include tuna fish in cans, apple sauce cups, canned beans and other canned items that are pre-cooked or don’t require cooking.
- When the power goes out it is also important to have items that will keep you safe and allow you to see. Being in the pitch black is very dangerous, not to mention quite boring. Have a few flashlights or lanterns ready to go. Also store extra backup batteries in bulk. You should also have a battery or hand powered radio on hand so that you can listen to local news updates. There are also several hand-powered electronics you can purchase such as cell phone chargers.
- Finally, to prepare your home for an outage, it is important to label your fuses and circuit breaker clearly and efficiently so that you can adjust them as necessary. Make sure that you know how to reset the circuit breaker and change fuses before hand so that you can do so safely should the time come. Also, have extra fuses in your home in case of an emergency.
All of these tips will help ensure that you are properly prepared and ready for an extended power outage in your home. It is always good to be ready for the unexpected such as maintaining home indoor air quality with carbon monoxide detectors or being ready for a fire with smoke alarms. Getting ready for a power outage should be no different. Preparation is key to a comfortable and smooth experience in any emergency situation.