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Prepare for Winter Power Outages

A power outage can be a challenge at any time. You have to find ways to keep your kids busy and stay comfortable in your home until the utility company restores your power. If there is an outage in the winter, the lack of heat could be fatal to young children, elderly adults, or other at-risk populations. Here are a few ways that you can prepare for a loss of power due to a winter storm:

Put Together an Emergency Preparation Kit

When the lights go out, you’ll be glad you had the foresight to assemble an emergency preparedness kit. It should include these essentials:
 

  • Batteries

  • Flashlights

  • NOAA weather radio

  • First aid kit

  • Medications

Stock Up on Non-Perishable Food

A good rule of thumb: Have at least three days’ supply of food and water for your family during an emergency. Your emergency rations should include:

  • Canned food

  • Dry fruit

  • Mixed nuts

Also, store other foods that require little preparation, such as rice, noodles, and beans.

Stay Warm

Prepare to use your fireplace when the power goes out, as it will be your only source of heat. Store up extra wood and have your chimney cleaned and inspected. Other items you should have on hand:

  • Sleeping bags

  • Heavy blankets

  • Down coats

  • Hats and gloves.

 

Prevent Pipes from Freezing

As if a lack of power isn't bad enough, a home without running water makes the situation even more challenging. Insulate the pipes under sinks and in unheated areas of your home to decrease the risk of them bursting in freezing temperatures.

Get a Backup Generator

Ultimately, installing a backup generator is the best measure you can take to ensure your family’s comfort and safety during a blackout. Backup power will keep the lights on, appliances running and devices charging.

 

Our authorized service providers can help you make the right choice for your standby generator. To schedule an appointment with Go Green Express Home Services, call (845) 253-4053.

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