When the Power Goes Out


Dec 02, 2015

The winter months are upon us, bringing colder weather and harsher storms. During this time, many people pull out their warm blankets and crank up the heat. But what happens if the power and heat go out? There are a few things you can do to stay warm until your power returns.

  1. If a circuit or fuse within your home isn’t the issue, call the power company and report your power outage. You can find the number on your utility bill.
  2. Use a standby generator to keep general appliances running. If you do not have a standby generator installed, make sure to keep a portable generator on hand for emergencies. Most portable generators are able to power the refrigerator, a light, and a small 1500W space heater. Keep your generator outside and away from open windows to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  3. Bundle up with layers, knit hats, and gloves.
  4. If you have a gas or wood fireplace, open the flue and get a fire going. Gather everyone in the room with the fireplace, wood stove or space heater and close doors to the room if you can. Wrap everyone in blankets and get cozy.
  5. Close all window coverings to prevent cold drafts from outside.
  6. Shut off and unplug major appliances and electronics that were in use when the power went out to prevent surges when power returns. Leave a light on so you'll know when the power is restored.

Of course we all panic when the power goes out and the cold starts to set in, but there are some things that you absolutely should not do in these situations.

DON'T:

  • Don’t use a grill to try and heat your home.  This can put off hazardous fumes and can be a serious fire hazard.
  • Opening your refrigerator or freezer doors can make your food spoil faster, so avoid doing so if at all possible.

Being proactive about emergency is always a smart choice. Get ahead of the game and consider purchasing a standby generator with CroppMetcalfe.