Before the electricity goes out…

Winter is just around the corner and with it come all the ice, snow and power outages.  Yes…I said power outages.  Sure the electric company does a good job of trimming back branches over the summer, but unless you are prepared, being without power over the winter could be a nightmare.  Here are some tips that I have gathered over the years on preparing for a power outage…


  • Keep a flashlight in every room of the house.
  • Have a deck of cards or something on hand to keep children entertained…I mean what will they do if the power doesn’t come back on before the iPad battery dies!
  • Keep a bucket near your sump pump in the basement as you never know when you may have to bail some water.
  • If you have a landline, make sure you keep an “old phone” around that doesn’t require electricity.
  • Put some ice cubes in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.  If it melts and refreezes, you will know if your power was out long enough that food should be discarded.
  • If you use a generator or grill, make sure it is outside (not in the garage).  You don’t want to add carbon monoxide poisoning to your list of problems.
  • Make sure your fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors  have fresh batteries
  • Have an AM/FM radio available to listen to news and weather forecasts
  • Have a lighter and fire logs readily available near your fireplace
  • Keep the pantry stocked with canned food and make sure you have a manual can opener
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer to keep your food as fresh as possible
  • To prevent damage from potential power surges, disconnect any appliances or electronic equipment
  • Make sure to have extra warm clothes and blankets accessible.  Even if you have a natural gas furnace, the fan that distributes the heat is likely still powered by electricity.
  • Check on your neighbors who may not have seen this list…or better yet, forward it on to them!


Okay, I know we are in the 21st century, so let’s add some neat tech gadgets of our list of must haves…


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