This summer’s record high temperatures have brought about tons of blown fuses from overheated air conditioners, wild electrical storms, and many power outages. Are you aware of the dangers that come with blackouts and how to protect yourself and your family? Being prepared for blackouts can make all the difference when it comes to keeping you and your family safe.
Generators and Kerosene Heaters
You should always have a generator nearby as a backup in case of a power outage. Generators are great for temporary substitution of power, but you need to make sure you use them properly. All gasoline generators should be used either outside or in well-ventilated areas.
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Kerosene heaters are also great to have during blackouts. They can keep you warm throughout the night. Kerosene is highly flammable, and these heaters should be closely monitored. These things also produce carbon monoxide, so be sure to have your detector turned on and your heater in a ventilated space. When a person inhales high levels of carbon monoxide, they can be seriously injured. Build up can be quick, especially within closed spaces, so if you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, it is important that you have one around.
Supplies for a Blackout
You should always be prepared for power outages no matter what. Being prepared can simply mean having the right tools and equipment in your home at all times. This is a list of items that you should consider having around the house, just in case the power does go out for an extended amount of time:
Without electricity, you won’t be able to operate your stove or microwave. Coleman stoves are portable, easily stored stoves powered by propane, and they will come in handy when you want to cook a hot meal for your family during a blackout.
Flashlights, radios, and other miscellaneous hand-held gadgets are important to have during a blackout. The only catch: they run on batteries. It's a good idea to keep extra batteries around just for emergencies to help light lanterns, flashlights, and maybe fire up the TV to catch CNN’s Disaster Coverage from a battery operated flatscreen.
It’s called a blackout for a reason. Having lanterns and candles stored around the house is a good way to prepare for dark nights during a power outage.
The great thing about having a car during a blackout is that it can offer alternative electrical charging potential. A power inverter can turn your car’s electrical system into a great way to charge all your devices—you can charge phones, laptops, you name it.
Extended power outages can be stressful, but being prepared will make it an easier experience for you. Know what equipment you should have available and how to remain safe throughout a blackout!