A power outage can leave you in the dark—but that’s not all. Power outages can cause many more problems. Your refrigerator runs on electricity, and a power outage means that it will not be able to function anymore, resulting in the freezer section defrosting and food spoiling. If you live in a region with warm weather, the air-conditioning will cease functioning, and so will the electric fans. The heat could turn off in cold areas, leaving you vulnerable to frigid temperatures.
Power outages caused by damaged power lines may take a day or two to fix, but outages resulting from storms could take weeks to repair. If power outages occur in the middle of a rainstorm, your sump pump could stop working, causing your home to flood.
Invest in a camping stove or barbecue to protect yourself in case of extended power outages. This will enable you to continue to cook and eat well until electricity is restored.
If your fridge and freezer lose power, you may have to throw away hundreds of dollars worth of good food. Use your stove or grill for cooking what you can. Eat perishable food first. Beyond that, make sure you have a robust store of non-perishable foods. Once you’ve eaten your perishable food, you can move on to items such as canned meat, soups, fruit, and juice. These foods can be kept for several months without the fear of spoilage.
You can purchase a generator to run automatically in case of power interruption. A backup generator can be installed outside your home like an air-conditioning unit. It will automatically kick on when the regular electricity supply is interrupted, delivering power directly to your electrical system. Depending on the size of the generator, it can back up the entire home or at least most essential appliances.
A backup generator may be powered by natural gas or petroleum fuel, such as gasoline or diesel. If you get a generator powered by natural gas, you don’t need to worry about refueling because it will be connected to your existing natural gas line.
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