“You might have taken steps to make your home more energy efficient, but have you thought about how your household would cope with no electricity? You need to plan ahead by making sure you have alternative forms of heat and light, such as torches fitted with new batteries, candles and matches, battery-operated heaters or portable gas fires. However, be extra careful with open flames in the home; make sure you place them on a non-flammable surface away from curtains and soft furnishings, and never leave them unattended. A power outage can make us realize how much we rely on energy in our day-to-day life.”
Sound advice from someone who’s been through several residential blackouts
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all experienced the power going out at some time. In my neighborhood, the lights always go out for a few minutes when there is a storm. A blackout is a power outage for an extended period of time. These are usually caused by winter storms and disasters. Here is some sound advice from someone who’s been through several residential blackouts. Find out how to prepare before, during and after a blackout.
Prepare Before a Blackout
The first way to prepare for an outage is to help prevent them. Look for hazards that could fall and damage the power lines on your property. The simple act of keeping trees pruned and in good health can not only save your home in a severe storm but also keep power in the neighborhood.
Having a family emergency plan is the most important part of being prepared. Time to get out a pencil and write down where the manual release lever for you garage door is, so you can get in and out without power. Also, now is a good time to hide a spare key outside, especially if you rely on using your garage as an entry way.