Preparation Tips for Winter Power Outages

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During a power outage many health threats are brought to the forefront that we may not otherwise consider.

First and foremost is the ability to heat our homes. Many residential dwellings have electric heat, and if no electricity is available, this heat source is of no use. Another problem that is presented during a power outage is cooking safely so that food items are not undercooked. Additionally, food that requires refrigeration or freezing can be at risk as can drinkable water. So what can one do to be prepared in the event of power failure? These power outage tips can be implemented so that this inconvenience is minor, and you will be able to survive for days or longer if needed.

Prior to any power outages, think about things in your home that are reliant on energy.

Are there any medical devices in use that require electricity for operation? If so, be sure that this is brought to the attention of your utility company so that they can make every effort to get power restored to your residence quickly.

If your home has a cordless phone, it is recommended to have a corded phone as a backup, A cordless will not work during a power loss, but the corded phone will still function with the communication signals through the phone lines. You may have a cell phone, but those batteries will die out after extensive use as well. Even if you do not have active phone service in your home, there is still the ability to call 9-1-1 with a quick dial tone.

Have an emergency preparedness kit somewhere accessible.  It should contain things like light sticks, a wound clock, and battery operated radio with extra batteries. Matches and flashlights should also be included.

In the event of a power outage, consider the possibility of the generator. The cost of this equipment can be a bit expensive to purchase, but an alternative is Indiana generator rental.

When harsh winter weather looks inevitable, having a generator on hand can help to ensure that you and your loved ones are kept safe during the event of a power outage.

The primary concern is safety to you and others. Use of kerosene, propane, and other open flames can be dangerous. There is a potential for fire, and poor ventilation can lead to other health issues. The key to survival is thinking smartly. Conserve water, stay away from danger such as fallen trees and power lines, and stay inside when possible. Exposure to outdoor elements can hasten probable health issues.