It storms, it snows, it ices. Sometimes this weather can take out a transformer or down a power line. Since it’s less common in the winter, some people don’t know what to do during a power outage in winter.
1. Conserve batteries
You won’t be able to charge your phone or laptop so limit your use of those items just to the necessary activities.
2. Check water quality
If the power is out city-wide, the water purification systems might not be running. Check with your local authorities first before drinking the water.
3. Bundle up
Your house is going to get cold. Wear layers!
4. Avoid any downed power lines
Just because the power is out because a power line is down doesn’t mean it can’t shock or hurt you if you touch it. If you see a downed power line, call your local utility service to report it.
5. Pay attention to perishables
If the weather outside is below 40 degrees, consider keeping your perishable food outside to maintain a safe temperature. If your food stays above 40 degrees for too long, it may not be safe for consumption.
6. Don’t run generators in the house
While a backup generator is a great way to get power when there is an outage, it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if it’s run in an enclosed space.
If you don’t have an emergency plan or kit in your home, consider putting one together. Here are the CDC’s guidelines to help you.