When you live in New England, power outages are always a possibility. Between spring and summer thunderstorms, hurricanes during the fall months, and the threat of blizzards all winter long, your power supply is never guaranteed.
With that said, here are six tips to help you survive your next power outage:
1. Be prepared.
The first step in dealing with a power outage is being prepared for it. Make sure to stock up on bottled water, nonperishable food, extra batteries, and first aid supplies. You will also want to keep a radio on hand to stay up to date with news and alerts.
2. Have plenty of alternative light sources.
When the power goes out, so do your lights. You want to make sure you have a sufficient supply of candles, lanterns, and flashlights available to help you navigate through your home after the sun goes down.
3. Keep your refrigerator cold.
Power outages often lead to food poisoning because food in the refrigerator can reach unsafe temperatures. Keep your refrigerator cold by stocking it with gallons of water, and only opening the door when absolutely necessary.
4. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Grilling or running a portable generator inside the home will result in unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. Also known as “the silent killer”, this colorless, odorless gas is undetectable without a sensor and fatal in high doses.
5. Unplug sensitive electronics.
When the power goes out, take the time to unplug all of your televisions, computers, speakers, and other sensitive electronic devices. You don't want these items getting permanently damaged by an electrical surge once the power returns.
6. Invest in a standby generator.
Standby generators can automatically detect blackouts and provide enough energy to power your entire home. No matter what the weather is like outside, you will never miss a beat with a standby generator.
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