That will never happen to me. Nope, the odds are it will not happen to me. I don’t need to worry about my power going out for extended periods of time. It might happen for 15 minutes, but nothing to be worried about. This kind of stuff never happens!
FALSE! Power outages happen every day, even on the biggest stage in America, the Super Bowl! As we learned even with the best equipment, being 100% prepared, and having every person working on preventing a power outage, the Superdome in New Orleans still experience an outage in power for 34 minutes.
What can you do to prepare for power outages? What should you do if the power does go off? Glad you asked! Every home is at risk whether it is because of weather like Hurricane Sandy, tornados, earthquakes, or just a malfunction in wiring. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for a power outage in your home, and if it does happen, some tips on how to manage.
- Buy flameless candles, flashlights, and extra batteries so you can see. A simple light can brighten the mood. Flameless candles can also reduce the risk of fire!
- Always have non perishable food around the house. If the power goes out, granola bars, peanut butter, and canned foods that do not require refrigeration are always a good source of nutrition until you can cook again.
- If there is a power outage, refrain from opening the refrigerator or freezer. A full freezer can keep food frozen up to 48 hours after a power outage, however expect half this for a refrigerator. If possible, but dry ice during a power outage and a cooler to keep your most perishable items.
- Make sure you stock up on bottled water.
- Have a battery powered radio ready. Because there will be no way to find out news on the internet or television, a battery powered radio could provide vital information.
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