People should brace for a wet spring this year with the possibility of rainstorms and windstorms. This could bring flooding and power outages.
Power outages can result in general inconveniences such as spoiled food and interrupted water service. If spring weather has not warmed up, a power outage could also lead to plunging temperatures inside homes. The problem could get worse ifpower is not quickly restored.
To stay warm in the event of a power outage, work to maintain whatever warmth you have inside the house by keeping all doors and windows shut. Use towels to block drafts that could enter from the window and door cracks. Insulate your windows with black blankets that will attract heat from the sun.
Strong rainstorms or windstormscould knock power lines down, so be ready with some emergency lighting for the house. Stock up on flashlights and plenty of spare batteries.A lighter and long-burning candle are also great investments.
It’s tough to prepare food when the power is out. Grills or portable stoves come in handy here. If the outage lasts for several days, the food in the refrigerator or freezer will spoil. Start by cooking the cold food so that it doesn’t go to waste. Just make sure to keep your barbecue outdoors, though, even if the weather isn’t optimal. Barbecuing indoors will result in the accumulation of toxic carbon monoxide inside the house.
If you are living in an area that is prone to power outages, it’s a smart idea to invest in an emergency generator. A back-up generator can power some home appliances and also provide emergency lighting.
You will be spending money upfront when you purchase a generator, but it can pay dividends by providing comfort in a tumultuous time. It could prevent cold food from spoiling and also help ward off flooding in the basement by keeping the sump pump running.