How to Prep for Power OutagesPower outages may occur anytime and anywhere. Outages may result from severe winter weather, nearby construction, accidents or planned outages. The key is to be prepared for the worst when the lights blink off in your home. Read on for tips on how you may prepare for your next power outage.

Safety Checklist

If you’re home when the power outage occurs, think safety first. Do a quick head count of the people in your home. If children are at a nearby neighbor’s house, bring them home.

Make sure the furnace gas valve is turned off. Fill all of your bathtubs with water. Use your cell phone sparingly to conserve the battery.

Preparedness Kit

Prepare a kit for power outages and keep in a place where everyone in your home has easy access to it. Include the following items in your kit:

  • A good lantern, flashlights and plenty of batteries
  • Glow sticks and glow bracelets (for children)
  • Backup battery charger for your cell phone

Stock Non-perishable Foods

Set aside space to store non-perishable foods. Canned meats and fruits are a good idea. Peanut butter has a long shelf life, too. Remember to store foods that everyone likes, too. Apple sauce, granola bars and canned fruit filling.

Alternative Cooking Sources

You’ll need some way to heat up your food. If you have a propane or charcoal grill, just make sure you have enough propane and charcoal or wood on hand. A camping stove will do the trick, too.

Lanterns, Flashlights and Glow Sticks

Make sure you have at least one good lantern. Set aside one flashlight for each person in your home. Glow sticks work great for lighting, and they last six to 12 hours. Glow bracelets make it easier to keep track of your children, and they’ll have fun, too!

Standby Generator

A reliable standby generator can be a lifesaver. Only use essential lighting and appliances to conserve generator power. Switch to LED lighting to use less energy.

For more power outage and emergency tips for your basement and HVAC system, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about power outages and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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