As the weather starts to change, it’s important to be as prepared for the possibility of a power outage. Although many power outages do not last long, some can last for days or even weeks after a severe storm.
To assist you in preparing your home for a possible power outage, we have compiled various tips and tricks that every home owner should be aware of!
How to Prepare for a Power Outage:
• Prepare an Emergency Kit and make it Easily Accessible – The best possible way to prepare for a power outage is to do so in advance. This can be done by having an emergency plan that the whole family is aware of. This includes putting together an emergency kit that will allow your home to be self-sufficient without energy. This kit should contain non-perishable food items such as water (at least 2 litres/person/day), first aid supplies, as well as a flashlight and extra batteries. To see a full list of recommended items, you can visit this website.
• Turn off all appliances and equipment to ensure they are not damaged when the power turns back on. This will help alleviate damage to your appliances from a possible power surge.
• Sign up for emergency services text messages – By going online to your local government disaster agency you can easily sign up for text message notifications about possible weather events in your area. This will allow you to stay up-to-date in the case of any emergency.
• In the case of cold weather ensure you have blankets on hand as well as extra candles and matches. It will also be helpful to have a small generator powered heater in winter.
Overall, the most important thing to remember during a power outage is to stay safe!
Be sure to back next week for more common FAQs concerning power outages.