Stay Warm When Power Is Out

Mother and two children reading a book in a blanket fort

Power outages can be caused by many different things, not the least of which is weather.

Strong winds are notorious for causing outages. If they occur while the weather is cold, the impact can be difficult for folks who are unprepared.



How can you prepare for unexpected outages?

  • If you rely on life-saving, electricity-powered medical equipment, make sure you have a backup plan such as a portable power source. 
  • Know where your flashlights are stored and make sure you have extra batteries.
  • Are your windows covered? Closing blinds or curtains when it's cold outside can help to retain heat.
  • Seal air leaks in your windows and doors.


Stay Warm

What can you do to stay warm when the power is out?

  • Close blinds and curtains to hold in heat.
  • Put on extra layers of clothing. Make sure to keep your fingers, toes and head covered as much as possible.
  • Close interior doors and stuff towels at the bottom to prevent drafts.
  • If you have a fireplace, use it!
  • NEVER use charcoal grills, gas grills or propane heaters indoors!
  • If more than one person is home, everyone should stay in the same room with the door closed to keep in body heat.

While often inconvenient, unexpected power outages are perfect opportunities for good books, family board games and blanket forts. It wouldn't hurt to include these kinds of items in your preparation plans.