Severe summer and winter storms can bring down power lines and it may take hours for the utility companies to restore electricity. Getting through a power outage, particularly in the winter, requires some planning. But when an outage happens, you won’t be as uncomfortable if you have made the preparations and have the supplies to wait it out:
- Set aside enough batteries to power your flashlights so that you can get around your home safely when it’s dark. You can also use candles, but exercise care around children and pets.
- Make it a habit to keep plenty of fuel in at least one vehicle in case you need to leave the area. In the winter, drive only when the roads are safe. Use a car phone charger for long outages to stay in touch.
- Learn how to shut the water off to your home and drain your pipes. In the winter, frozen and burst pipes cause significant damage. Before draining the pipes, fill food-safe containers with water to drink and fill a bathtub for sanitation.
- Seal your home against air leaks around doors, windows and incoming pipes. Air infiltration in the summer or winter can quickly make your home uncomfortable during a power outage.
- Keep several days worth of shelf-ready food on hand to avoid having to open your refrigerator or freezer. Never bring a barbecue indoors to heat your food or home in the winter because they emit carbon monoxide.
- Identify a space in your home that retains heat. Throw blankets over the windows when the sun isn’t shining and move the furniture away from the windows to stay warmer. If you don’t have a fireplace, consider a tent heater. When used with proper ventilation, these heaters can keep you warmer during a power outage.
- Turn off your HVAC system and electronics to avoid electrical surge damage, but leave a light on so you know when the power is restored.
We at Blanton’s Heating & A/C put your safety and comfort first. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about keeping your Fayetteville home safe and comfortable all year round.