Storms, lightning, earthquakes, and excavation processes are some of the reasons why there will be a power outage in your area. Almost everything in your house wholly or partly depends on electric power. The food in the freezer, the hot water in the shower, and the lighting in your home will need power. Sometimes things happen without notice, and you find yourself in a blackout. What happens? It will probably take hours for the electricity to be restored, especially if the cut caused damages the cabling and primary supply of power.
Tips for the preparation of your home for a power outage
1. Prepare a power outage emergency kit
Imagine what it would be like searching for essential things such as matchboxes in the dark. To be on the safe side, assemble all the necessary items you will need when there is a blackout in one box, and store it in a place where you can easily access it. Such items include; lighters, flashlights, candles, and batteries for everybody.
2. Stock up on food and water
A power outage, especially when there is harsh weather, symbolizes that things might not be so good on the outside. Ensure that you stock up some food that can take you for probably a month. Store water so that if you cannot leave the house for the next couple of days or weeks, you can survive.
3.Prepare with an emergency radio
If the power outage takes longer, maybe days, there are no chances that you will have power for your phones. What if an emergency occurred? How do you get to communicate? Having an emergency radio is essential since you will be able to talk to your neighbors or call for help when need be.
4. Get alternative heating sources
Your heating system needs power for it to be operational. Now imagine what it would be like with no power and temperatures lower than 0 degrees. For that reason, always be ready with an alternative source of heat. Wool blankets also come in handy since they help you keep warm during the cold season. You can use the following as alternative sources of heat;
• Woodburning stove
• Kerosene heaters
• Propane heaters
• Gas heaters
5. Invest in a portable generator
Purchasing a portable generator means that your electrical devices will continue running. The fridge is one of the essential gadgets in the house. Assuming you had enough food for a month, would that food waste because the refrigerator is not keeping it in the right temperatures? A generator will solve this issue. You can comfortably continue enjoying your food until the day the power outage is fixed.
6. Install a carbon monoxide detector
Unlike the electric heating system in your house, the kerosene, propane, and gas heaters produce some carbon monoxide into the air. Generators will also have carbon monoxide. If it is too much, then we know that it is dangerous to your life. Installing a carbon monoxide detector helps you know when there is too much carbon in the house.