10 Things to Know About Winter Power Outages
Winter power outages cause several inconveniences, but there are some things you can do to better weather the storm.
Protect Your Electronics and Appliances
Keep Cold Air Out
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Temperatures during winter outages can drop significantly. And keep all doors and windows to the outside shut tight. If you have cracks or gaps near windows and doors, use towels or a rolled-up blanket placed in front of the gap to stop drafts. If the outage is at night, close the curtains or blinds. Also, if the sun is out and shining in the window, place a dark-colored blanket on the floor where it can catch the sun’s rays to generate heat. These are a few home repairs that anyone can do.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
If you have municipal water, turn faucets to a trickle to prevent frozen pipes. And if you have a well with an electric pump, you can wrap pipes in newspapers, towels, or blankets to prevent them from freezing. If your pipes have frozen, try using some of the best plumbing repair tips from the professionals.
Safely Heat Your Home
Avoid Carbon Monoxide Dangers
If you’re using a generator during power outages, make sure it is properly ventilated and that you follow the manufacturer’s directions when operating. And keep generators away from all windows, doors, and vents that could draw air indoors. Here are a few tips to keep your home safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Stay Warm When Sleeping
If power outages last overnight, use a sleeping bag and wool blankets which are both great insulators. Also, wear a winter cap on your head and mittens on your hands. And layer on any blankets, including fleece and fur which will help keep the heat in. You can also sleep in a group to generate body heat. Make sure you know these innocent sleep habits that are completely ruining your sleep quality.
Be Smart with Communication
Limit phone calls and texts to emergencies-only to help preserve your phone’s battery life. And during some power outages, text messages may go through when calls do not. Reduce your screen’s brightness and close apps you’re not using to conserve battery life. Learn the secrets to having a better smartphone battery life.
Eat and Drink for Warmth
Eating raises metabolism which burns calories and will help you generate some internal heat. And think high-calorie, nonperishable foods such as nuts and trail mix, fruits, canned soups, and canned meat and fish. Also, drink plenty of water, along with hot beverages such as tea and coffee, if you have a way to make them. Avoid alcohol which can be dehydrating and put you at risk for making bad decisions. Here are a few health benefits of drinking plain hot water.
If you have little running water, only flush when absolutely necessary. And if you have no running water, you can use a 5-gallon bucket and sawdust to absorb liquid and odor. Bathe only when necessary. Also you can try heating up water on an outdoor grill or stove and using it to wash, but remember, you’ll quickly become cold once you get wet. Try baby wipes for basic hygiene. Do you know the germiest spot in your bathroom? (Hint: It’s not your toilet.)
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