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Tips for Staying Warm in a Winter Power Outage

Tips for Staying Warm in a Winter Power OutageWe’re lucky to have relatively mild winters in our region, but even here, winter storms can occasionally wreak havoc. When that happens, it’s often the case that the power goes out just when we need it the most. The anxiety that arises in these situations is compounded in that we don’t know when it’s likely to come back on.

Here are some of the reasons a power outage may occur:

  • High winds knock down power lines.
  • Ice breaks power lines.
  • Trees knock down power lines.
  • Aging utilities’ infrastructure may break down.
  • Too much demand for power can cause blackouts.

Plus, your home’s power or heating system may decide to go on the blink just as the storm rolls in. Regardless of the cause, here are some things you can do to survive the storm.

Winter Storm and Power Outage Survival Tips

1. Prior to the arrival of the storm, stock up on necessary items: non-perishable foods, ice, batteries, fuel for alternative heating sources, first aid supplies, medications and gas in the car (electric pumps may not work). You will need a full tank of gas in case you have to evacuate, or to turn on the engine to charge electronic devices

2. Make sure you have enough blankets and warm clothes for all if you plan to remain in your home.

3. If you have no alternative heating source, and the power outage is prolonged, you may need to evacuate to a motel or to a friend’s home where there is power.

4. Plan for how you will protect interior pipes from freezing. Wrap them in insulation or 1/4-inch thick newspaper. Allow water to trickle through faucets.

5. Plan to cook outside on a grill or camp stove. Do not allow fumes from these appliances to waft indoors, as they may be giving off carbon monoxide.

6. Use battery-powered light sources.

7. Look into acquiring a standby generator. A professional should install it for you.

To learn more about surviving a power outage, contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

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Are You Prepared for Winter Power Outages?

Are You Prepared for Winter Power Outages?Winter power outages can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. It certainly won’t be pleasant, whether a few hours or a few days. Read through these tips to prepare for a winter power outage to make your time “off grid” as comfortable and safe as possible.

Emergency Checklist

It’s important to make an emergency preparedness checklist specific to your home. Following are some of the items you may include:

  • Account for the whereabouts of everyone in your household.
  • Everyone should have a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Turn off the HVAC system at the thermostat and gas valve if applicable.
  • Locate your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Make sure your home is secure.

Emergency Kit

Keep your emergency kit in a place where everyone can gain access. Your emergency kit should include a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, glow sticks, a fire extinguisher and a battery-operated radio.

Purchase a Backup Generator

A backup generator can make an extraordinary difference in your emergency preparedness. You’ll be able to use lighting, portable heaters, a portable refrigerator and more. Generators can also run your sump system to help prevent your basement from flooding during a storm.

Store Food and Water

Store plenty of non-perishable food and water. Canned foods practically last forever. You can use containers to store water and ice in your refrigerator. The cool water and ice will also help perishables in your refrigerator last longer. Make sure you have plenty of disposable plates, cups and utensils.

Food Preparation

How will you cook your food? A gas grill will work great and so will a camper’s stove. If you have plenty of wood stored away, you may build a campfire outside. However, don’t use any fuel-burning heating or cooking appliances inside your home.

Medications

If you or someone in your home needs medication that must be refrigerated, have an alternative means to keep your medications cool. This could be a small portable refrigerator connected to your generator, or simply packed in ice until you find another location to stay.

 

If you have questions about power outage preparedness, contact the experts at Powers Heating & Air today.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

 

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Tips for Being Prepared in Case of a Power Outage

Tips for Being Prepared in Case of a Power OutageA sudden power outage can leave you without heat, air conditioning, hot water, lighting, and the means to safely store and cook food for hours or even days. There’s no way to know how long an outage will last, but you’ll find it easier to cope if you make some advance preparations and keep three days’ worth of supplies on hand.

These tips can help you prepare for a power outage:

  • Put together an emergency kit and store it in an accessible location. Make sure it contains a battery-operated portable radio, flashlight, batteries, a cell phone car charger, matches or a lighter, and camping lanterns or candles. Also include a first-aid kit, hygiene supplies and several days’ worth of any prescription medications.
  • Stock up on safe drinking water so you have a gallon per day for each family member on hand.
  • Purchase a couple of coolers and store several bags of ice in the freezer so you can keep perishables chilled without opening the refrigerator door repeatedly.
  • Keep a selection of canned or packaged foods in the pantry, along with a manual can opener. Choose foods that you can eat cold or easily reheat.
  • If you have a camp stove or propane grill to use for cooking, purchase extra containers of fuel.
  • Have a few sleeping bags or blankets handy for warmth during a winter outage.
  • Test the functionality of your carbon monoxide detectors monthly, and replace the batteries regularly.
  • When severe weather is forecast, fill the sinks and bathtub so you have water available for flushing.
  • When there’s a risk of an outage, shut down the HVAC system at the breaker, and unplug computers, televisions, electronics and appliances so they aren’t damaged by an electrical surge when the power comes back on.
  • During an outage, don’t use any fuel-burning equipment indoors unless it’s properly vented to avoid carbon monoxide exposure.

For more helpful power outage preparation tips, contact the Peachtree City home comfort pros at Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preparing for a power outage and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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A Power Outage Can Occur At Any Time — Can You Weather One?

A sudden and prolonged power outage can occur without warning. Here are the most important steps to prepare for a power outage and what to do if you find yourself without power:

  • Make sure you have a flashlight for each person and spare batteries to keep them running as long as necessary.
  • Have a battery-powered radio on hand to stay informed of updates.
  • Keep a portable source of heat available if the power outage occurs at night in the winter. A wood-burning stove is a good option, but you will need to ventilate it properly for safety reasons.
  • Store a cooler somewhere and keep ice on hand to help save refrigerated and frozen food if an outage occurs.
  • Put together a survival kit that includes water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, tool box, emergency contact information and extra cash.
  • Obtain a portable generator rated for the amount of power you might need during a power outage. Keep extra fuel for the generator on hand so you can use it at a moment’s notice.

How To Weather a Power Outage

  • Leave the food in the freezer and refrigerator without opening the doors if the outage is expected to last less than 24 hours. If a prolonged outage is expected, transfer ice and perishable food to a cooler to help it last longer.
  • Unplug electronics to keep them from being damaged by a power surge when the power comes back on.
  • Keep one light turned on so when the power outage has passed, you will know immediately.
  • Stay home unless you need to travel for an emergency. Traffic lights won’t work and the roads will be overcrowded.
  • Use your power generator safely. Make sure it is kept outside so exhaust can’t harm you or your family.

For more information about preparing for and surviving a power outage, or for a variety of HVAC services, please contact Powers Heating and Air in Peachtree City.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about power outages and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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