We’ve had a good run, New Hampshire, but sadly Winter has finally decided to descend upon us! With snow and ice arriving to cause damage to trees and powerlines, it’s only a matter of time before the first winter power outages arrive to test us. Here are some good tips on how to survive a power outage during cold weather:
- Have flashlights and other battery-powered lights in stock, along with a supply of the appropriate batteries, just in case of winter power outages. Avoid using lighted candles, as these can represent a fire hazard, especially in the dry air of winter.
- Store water and nonperishable food items that can be consumed without needing to be heated (just make sure you have access to a non-electric can opener!).
- Bundle up in layers, to maintain your body heat.
- Have extra blankets on hand for added warmth.
- Close off rooms you aren’t using, and stuff rags and towels underneath them for insulation.
- Have a box of hand warmers that can be shaken to be activated. While these handy little pouches only produce a small amount of heat, your cold fingers and toes will thank you!
- A First Aid Kit is always a wise thing to have in case of emergencies.
Don’t Forget To…
- Turn off or unplug all major appliances, to prevent a potential over-load when the power comes back on after power outages.
- Leave one light on to signal when the power returns; preferably a lamp or other small light source.
- Leave your faucets turned on just a little to allow water to drip and help prevent pipes from freezing. Make sure someone in your home knows how to shut off your water in the event of a burst pipe.
- Make sure you stay fed and hydrated. Food becomes body heat when we burn it for energy!
- Try to move around to help keep warm, but not so much that you begin to sweat. This can cause your clothing to grow damp and invite cold, and can lead to dehydration.
- If you haven’t already, make sure all insulation is tight and secure; check weather stripping and caulking on windows and doors to help keep the heat in incase of winter power outages.
- Hire a utility company to trim back any dead or encroaching trees and branches around your home.
- Avoid many of the problems of winter power outages by having a generator to help keep you warm and safe! Cote Electric specializes in generators and can help you to choose one that’s right for you and your home! Call 603-836-4488 for more information.