Learn how to prepare for a power outage with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
The sky is darkening. The wind has gotten stronger. There is a great, big storm that’s on its way. A crack of lightning lights up the sky, and you see the surge of electricity in your lights and then darkness. Now what do you do? Most of the time, power is returned quickly but sometimes it may take a little longer for the lights to come back on. Blain’s Farm & Fleet has some handy tips to make sure that you have everything you need for you and your family when a power outage happens.
1. If your home has been damaged in a storm, please seek shelter nearby immediately. Follow any mandatory evacuations. Do not try to stay in your home if there is structural damage.
2. You’ll want to keep a flashlight in an area where it will be easy to find, such as the kitchen. Candles are also really handy as a light source. Be sure that any lit candles are in an area where children will not be able to reach them. Of course, you can’t light candles without matches or a lighter. Make sure that you also have extra batteries on hand, in a variety of sizes.
3. Water is a sustaining life force on the planet. People on average need to drink at least one to seven liters of water per day to avoid dehydration. In the event that power has not been restored and water is not running to your home, it is extremely important that you have a backup water supply. A fresh water container is a great way to store fresh water in your home.
4. You never know what kind of accidents can happen so make sure that you have a first aid kit on hand. In case of a serious emergency always call 911. It’s also really handy to have a multi-tool with you. This cool tool has a bunch of little tools all in one so you don’t have to spend a lot of time searching for all of your tools in your toolbox.
5. During a power outage, a refrigerator can keep food cold for up to four hours if the door is kept shut for as long as possible. A cooler can also be a really great backup for your refrigerator. It has a large capacity and keeps your food colder longer. It is important that the inside temperature of the cooler is at 40°F to keep food from spoiling.
6. One way to also keep boredom at bay and have a little fun is to grill out with a charcoal grill. Put some hot dogs, bratwurst and burgers on the grill and sit back and relax. You don’t need electricity if you hang out on the porch with your family and enjoy a good meal under the stars! Don’t forget the charcoal briquettes, too.
7. It never hurts to be prepared for the inevitable. If your home is hooked up to a public water supply, you should be able to still flush your toilet as they are run by water pressure. As long as the water pressure remains intact, you should be fine. If you have well water that is run by an electric pump, you may be out of luck. If there is still water in the tank, you have at least one flush left, so make it count, however if power is out for several days then you need to have a plan B. A portable camping toilet is an alternative to that problem.
8. The power may be knocked out and there still can be a chance of more bad weather, but you can still remain informed in what is happening with a battery operated weather alert radio. You will be alerted of any weather advisories, watches, and warnings so you know what steps to take to get to safety for yourself and your family.