When you have a blackout, you don’t just have to sit in the dark. These 10 guidelines will show you how to make a power outage manageable. You will end up throwing a lot of food in the bin as microorganisms will develop on them once the food starts to thaw. The blackout will be unbearable if you live in a hot country and the air conditioning shuts down. Therefore, you should have prepared a backup plan. Waiting for the power to come back on can be a long wait, especially if you’ve been cut off for a few days. This is normal if you have been a victim of a tornado or hurricane.
1. Rural and urban areas are going to face different problems. Therefore, when preparing your backup you should consider things like the distance to your nearest hospital etc. Also, will need to consider the time of the year and the weather that accompanies that season.
2. Before your food has a chance to decay, eat it. However, you should have plenty of imperishable food available.
3. When it comes to food, you should also try getting foods that don’t require cooking.
- Foods that come in a tin are generally best but you can also get fish, soup, potatoes and drinks as they can be stored for months before perishing. It is also good to have a supply of crackers and cookies if you have children. However, most importantly consume all the fresh food before it becomes unsafe to do so.
- A tip to make fresh food last longer is to keep the fridge door shut. For a small amount of time the fridge will still be cold after a power cut. It is when your food begins to reach room temperature that it begins to spoil. However, to stop it from reaching room temperature quickly, pack all items in the fridge tightly together.
4. If you have a barbeque grill, you can use this to cook. However, don’t bring it inside as this can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. So therefore you should keep a box of matches handy. This is a good idea if your power is going to be cut for a few days.
5. Make sure you have enough wood, if you have a wood powered oven. You should also have portable fans and sufficient water to stay cool. To keep warm you can get a gas powered fire if your house is powered by natural gas.
6. You can safety lights which automatically switch on once the power goes out. These are better than backup lights as they usually only last for about 90 minutes.
- The power in safety lights can go pretty quickly so you should make sure that you have enough spare batteries, just in case.
- If you want the batteries to last for a longer time, get the LED lighting safety lights as they tend to last longer.
- Before placing safety lights all over the house, prepare your kitchen and bathroom for a power cut as they are the two most used rooms in every house.
7. Indulge in a bit of retail therapy, go to pictures or have a meal out to pass some time while your power has been cut, providing it isn’t affecting the whole area.
- You have no reason to stay at home all day unless you have been snowed in. The only reason for staying inside is when it’s dark.
8. You will need to be extra careful around your home when the power has been cut. You will need to make your own entertainment as there won’t be any TV or light. So you should keep a torch handy for when you want to move around. You will need to come up with ideas to kill time such as playing outside, singing songs or taking to each other.
- A good way to kill time is to read a book when it’s light and once it becomes dark, the safest thing to do is to sleep.
9. In order to keep your room well-lit you should have a battery powered camping lamp. It’s also best to have a manual tin opener rather than an electric one, as most long lasting foods are in tins and you’re going to need to open them.
10. It is a good idea to have a battery-operated radio so you can keep updated with the latest news about the power cut. Also, you will need to keep your mobile charged, so you should invest in a battery operated mobile charger.
This item was written by Brian Madden; Virtual Marketing Associate at Crown Gas and Power. I often write articles about the utilities trade. Connect with me on Google+ by visiting this link https://plus.google.com/u/0/101454832490662946550/posts.