How To Prepare For A Power Blackout

You will find out very quickly how dependent you are on electricity when there is a power blackout. Usually, these happen as the result of a storm bringing down a power line. But they can also occur at peak energy use during the summer when everyone is cranking their AC and straining the electric grid. Here’s what you need to do to be prepared for the next power blackout.

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Have A Flashlight In Every Room

You don’t know where you’ll be when the blackout occurs. It might happen in the middle of the day or in the middle of the night. Either way every room in your home should have a designated flashlight. Along with that flashlight, you should have backup batteries for them.

Use Candles Sparingly

Once you fire up the flashlight, you may be inclined to light some candles. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you keep and watch on them. You shouldn’t leave a room for any long period of time with candles burning. And make sure there is nothing near them that is flammable.

Don’t Go Into the Refrigerator

When the power goes out your refrigerator shuts down but that doesn’t mean the food is going to instantly spoil. Instead, it is acting like a huge cooler. But every time you open the door is when you let out the cold air. Wait at least an hour or two before rating the freezer for ice cream. That should go first!

Stay Away From Windows

If the power goes out and the storm is still raging, then you should gather the family in the middle of the house away from windows. If pets are having a hard time with the storm, then you might want to put them in their carrier cases where they can calm down.

Check On Neighbors

Once the storm has stopped you can go outside to check on your neighbors. However, if you see a downed power line turn around and go right back inside. Wait for the authorities to come and deal with that.

Get Rid Of The Clutter

There’s no telling how long the power will stay out. Hopefully, you won’t be stumbling around in the dark. You can minimize the risk for accidents by making sure all the clutter is removed from your home. That is especially true down the basement if you have to go down there to check for flooding or inspect the electrical breakers. Getting rid of that clutter is easy when you put Junk King Worcester on the job. They’ll send over a pair of capable movers and a big truck. That’s all you need to get rid of just about anything in your home regardless of size or weight. This team won’t have any trouble carry those things up from the basement or down from upstairs. Before the next blackout, let Junk King Worcester help you get rid of all your unwanted clutter.

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