Sitting at home in the dark is not what you want when there has been a blackout. A power cut is manageable; just follow the 10 tips in this article. Sometimes it can be days before your power is restored. If a tempest or storm has hit your region, then this is quite common.
The first thing to be aware of is that your food will begin to defrost and bacteria will then start to grow on it. So make sure your bin doesn’t end up full with spoiled food.
In this situation it is always a good idea to have a backup plan. For example, if you reside in a hot country and the air condition goes off, what will you do? A power cut can be unbearable for that reason alone.
- In case you have an emergency, you should know the way to your local hospital. Also, take into the account that at different times of the year, there will be different weather conditions. So depending on your local climate, you may need to alter your plans for summer and winter. Likewise, if you live in the countryside you are going to face more problems than those who live in cities and towns.
- Any food that is in your freezer should be eaten, as it will be dangerous to do so when it has defrosted. You can also keep your kids happy by having nuts and cookies. Long lasting foods like canned food is best. However, other products that last long include jam, vegetables, soup and fish. So having some food that doesn’t have to be cooked is a good idea.
- Your food will remain cool for a short time during the power cut. It will only start to perish once it gets to room temperature. In order for it to remain cool for as long as possible, you should keep the fridge tightly packed. Also, for as long as you can you should keep the refrigerator door closed.
- Cooking on your barbeque may be the only option you have, so keep some lighters handy. However, you could cause carbon monoxide poisoning by taking the barbeque indoors.
- You can keep warm if you have a gas powered fire in your home. However, if the weather is warm you will need water and fans to keep cool. Also, keep a good supply of wood, if you have an oven that is powered by wood.
- Lights that switch on automatically when the power goes out are available. If the power cut lasts more than two hours than reserve lights are not suitable.
- These lights are powered by batteries, so make sure you have a good supply
- If the power cut is going to last a few days, you may be better off getting LED lights as they last longer
- The bathroom and the kitchen are the most used rooms in every home. So, you should prioritise these rooms.
- Go shopping in the mall, watch a film or go out for dinner to kill time if the entire area hasn’t been affected by the blackout.
When it’s dark outside, you should stay indoors. When there has been a blackout, the only time you should stay indoors is when you’ve been snowed in.
- When it’s dark, you will need to move around, so have a flashlight nearby. Electric items won’t work during the blackout so it may be difficult to pass the time.
- Battery powered camping lamps can light your home during the power cut. As electric items won’t be working, it is handy to have some manual alternatives to hand, e.g. a tin opener.
- Keep up-to-date with the latest news, by having a battery operated radio. In this situation, it would also be convenient to have a phone charger that is battery powered too.
- Reading a book is the best thing to do when it’s light. When it’s dark, you are best just to sleep.
This item was written by Brian Madden; VirtualPublicityAssociate at Crown Gas and Power.