Thunderstorms are part of summer every bit as grilling hotdogs and catching lightning bugs. With those thunderstorms comes the potential for losing power. Already this year, there have been fierce storms that have knocked out power throughout much of Detroit. Thankfully, the municipal crews working for the local power companies are very quick with making repairs. But you can’t always count on a speedy turnaround especially with more severe storms. That’s why you have to be prepared in case of a power outage. Here are some things that can help.
Alternate Light Sources
The first instinct when power goes out is to reach for the candles. Although candles can provide plenty of light, they also are a fire hazard risk. That is especially true if you plan on lighting a lot of candles throughout the home. You might not even remember all the candles you have lit once the power comes back on. Alternate light sources could be battery-operated lanterns that you would find in any camping store. You could also take a headlamp, fill a gallon milk jug with water and strap the headlamp to the jug facing inward. This creates a bright lantern for the entire room.
Keeping Food Cool
When the power goes out that means your refrigerator will stop running. In a way, it can act as its own cooler provided that you don’t constantly open and close the doors. Of course, a power outage could be a good excuse to finish off the ice cream in the freezer! If you’re worried about keeping food from spoiling, then you can convert your washing machine into a cooler by filling it with ice. As the ice melts, it will all drain out.
Firing Up The Grill
A backyard propane grill is great source for cooking during a power outage. Just make sure your propane tanks are always full. If you are going to be cooking in the dark, then make sure you bring one of those alternate light sources outside with you.
Batteries and flashlights
Your home should have at least four or five flashlights with backup batteries. These flashlights should actually be scattered throughout the house. Just imagine having to cross downstairs in total darkness. Also, switch your phone to airplane mode to save your battery life when not in use.
After the storm is over and the lights come back on, you might discover that you have a lot of storm debris that has been dumped in your yards. Don’t count on the city to clean this stuff up. Instead, you can rely on Junk King Detroit for fast removal of all kinds of storm debris. The team from Junk King can also provide a rapid response if you happen to have any flooding in your basement in need to remove carpet or furniture.
Stay safe during the next storm by being prepared for a power outage.