February 20, 2015
For many of us north of Atlanta, this week’s weather caused more damage than expected. Many were without power for numerous hours, if not days. While some may have stocked up on food just in case they were housebound, preparing for a power outage may not have been front and center.
Whether you live near the ocean, the mountains or somewhere in between, at some point you’ll experience power outages. It’s better to prepare ahead of time. Here are five helpful tips.
- Invest in a generator. Depending on the size of the unit, you can power your refrigerator, lights, heaters or even the TV. You can use extension cords, or you can have an electrician install a transfer switch, which connects to your breaker box and allows you to run essential circuits that can’t be run with an extension cord. Make sure the generator is outside when running.
- Purchase flashlights, lanterns and batteries now. The last thing you want to do during a power outage is realize you only have one flashlight and the batteries are quickly dying.
- If you have some warning before you lose power, turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings. This will buy you some time before you need to worry about food spoiling. Do not open the refrigerator or freezer once the power is out, otherwise you’ll lose precious cold air.
- If someone in your house has medical needs, such as equipment that needs power to maintain their health, register with your utility company so your home will take top priority during an outage. Also have a backup plan.
- Know when to leave. Packing everyone up can be a hassle but sometimes staying with friends or family is the best plan of action.