While we might be used to the occasional flicker of the lights during a summer thunderstorm or a winter snow storm, you might not be prepared for a long-term power outage.
Even though large-scale power outages do not happen very often, it never hurts to be prepared. Because sometimes people do not take the necessary precautions before power outages, I have some suggestions for ways that you and your family can be ready.
Get a Generator
Back-up generators can be great alternative power sources during a power outage if they are used safely and correctly. First of all, you will want to make sure that your generator does not get overloaded. Pay attention to how much power it can support, and take care that you never exceed that amount with the appliances you are using.
Generators should be kept dry at all times, so, if you have it outside, make sure that it will not be damaged out in the elements.
Keep Flashlights Around
Whether you have a generator or not, it is always smart to have working flashlights available in your home. Have them placed in an area that is easy to get to, even in the dark. That way, you will not have to be without light.
You will also want to check that your flashlights are in working order every month or so. It does not hurt to have more than one on hand just in case one of them decides to go out on you when you need it the most.
If your flashlights are battery-powered, I advise you to store some batteries with the flashlights so you can have them on hand in case you need them.
Having a Camping Stove
Most homes today have electric stoves, which can be problematic if the power is out for more than a few hours. Camping stoves are a great way to be able to cook food even in the dark. I suggest you also keep the camping stove in a place that is reachable for everyone in your family. If you forget where the camping stove is, it is not going to be of much use to you.
Is the Food Bad?
If the power has been out for more than two hours, the items you have in the fridge are not going to be healthy to eat anymore. Food goes bad after it has been at a temperature higher than 40 degrees for more than four hours, and, even if the power were to come back on right at the two-hour mark, it might not cool down fast enough to be protected from bacteria.
Hopefully now you can be more prepared for when the unexpected happens. Do not wait to get the items you need. You put your family at risk that way.
By Kassandra Konecny
Though Kassandra Konecny has only begun writing professionally about six months ago, she has been writing creatively for years. Recently, she has worked to become an expert at writing blogs about home generators.