A power outage is a major inconvenience for your household. If you’re unprepared, then any length of time without electricity has the potential to leave your family uncomfortable. Here are some ways to prepare for a power outage.

Make an Emergency Kit to Prepare for a Power Outage

Use a duffel bag or storage box to put together an emergency kit for power outages. This will keep you from having to stumble around in the dark looking for what you need. Make sure all family members know where to find the emergency kit. Keep it on the main level of the house so you don’t need to go up or down any stairs to retrieve it. The following tips will help you decide what to put inside your power outage emergency kit.

Have Several Flashlights

Don’t make the mistake of only having one working flashlight. Buy every member of your household a flashlight when you prepare for a power outage. Include several battery packages in your emergency kit. Another effective tool is a solar lantern. This reduces the need to use all the flashlights and saves your batteries.

Prepare for a Power Outage with an Emergency Radio

Select an emergency radio that operates with a hand crank or with solar power. This eliminates the need to use a generator or batteries. If evacuation becomes necessary during a power outage, then you’ll be able to bring a portable radio with you.

Water & Non-Perishable Food

It is always a good idea to have a plentiful supply of water and non-perishable food.

Prepare for a power outage by storing non-perishable food and water in your home. Buy pasta, rice, canned goods, and other items that will last for a while. If your stove runs on electricity, stock items that don’t need to be cooked or get a propane grill for outdoor use.

Prepare for a Power Outage with a Food Thermometer

Buy a food thermometer if you don’t have one already. Your refrigerated and frozen food may be safe if the power outage is short-lived. Use the food thermometer to test your food temperature if the refrigerator and freezer have been without power for a lengthy time.

Purchase a Portable Generator

Make sure you have a portable backup source for power. This will keep electronics charged and running during the power outage. Most modern generators are lighter and quieter than older models. Your generator will be one of your most valuable tools when you’ve lost all power. Gas generators are not portable and are much more expensive, but are a better option if one of your family members relies on medical equipment that needs power.

Make a Family Plan

Make a plan so all family members know which room to gather in after the lights go out. Gather your pets so you know they are safe. Staying close together helps everyone stay warmer if the power outage happens during the colder months.

Use the above tips to prepare for a power outage and you’ll be safer and more comfortable until power returns.

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