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As the weather changes from warm to chilly, it’s important to know how you can be prepared for a possible power outage. Although most power outages don’t last long, some can last for days or even weeks after a severe storm.

To assist you in preparing your home for a possible power outage, we have compiled various tips and tricks that every home owner should be aware of!

Here’s How to Prepare for a Power Outage:

  • Have an emergency kit prepared and easily accessible – The best possible way to prepare for a power outage is to do so in advance. This can be done by having an emergency plan that the whole family is aware of, plus an emergency kit that will allow your household to be sustainable without energy. This kit should contain non-perishable food items, water (at least 2 litres/person/day), first aid supplies, as well as a flashlight and extra batteries. To see a full list of recommended items, you can visit this website.
  • Have backup powersources for your mobile devices charged and ready. This is not only great for keeping the kids entertained, but will keep necessary devices like your cell phone running despite for longer.
  • Turn off all appliances and equipment to ensure they are not damaged when the power turns back on. This will help alleviate damage to your appliances from a possible power surge.
  • Sign up for emergency services text messages – By going online to your local government disaster agency you can easily sign up for text message notifications about possible events in your area. This will allow you to stay up-to-date on all events and updates in the case of an emergency.
  • In the case of cold weather ensure you have blankets on hand as well as extra candles and matches. It will also be helpful to have a small generator-powered heater for the winter.
  • Read more about emergency preparedness here: https://inhabitat.com/6-emergency-essentials-for-surviving-72-hours-without-power/

Overall, the most important thing to remember during a power outage is to stay safe! Don’t forget to check back next week to see some common FAQs concerning power outages.