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How to handle a power outage this winter

Harsh winter conditions are often the culprit when it comes to power outages. Wouldn’t it be easy if we could predict them? Don’t wait for it to happen. Instead, be prepared by following our guide on what to do before the problem is repaired either by an electrician, or by the city.

When the power goes out, don’t panic

Instead, be proactive and do the following:

  • Double-check your electrical in the basement or on the main floor to see if a circuit blew. Check the circuit breakers in the electrical panel as well. It could be just your home, or the entire neighbourhood. If it’s just your home, you’ll need to reach out to a qualified electrician for help.
  • Is it a neighbourhood-wide problem? Notify your utility company to report the outage.
  • Do not touch any power lines around your home. It could be hazardous to your health.

While indoorsbundle up

Protect yourself and your family by staying inside and doing the following:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio station to get regular updates on the outage.
  • Dress warmly – layer up on sweaters and blankets in order to stay warm. Cover up your head and hands, as you lose heat through these areas.
  • Keep the doors to the fridge and freezer closed in order to prevent cool air from entering your home.
  • If you’re very cold, take a warm shower. The hot water tank should stay warm for several hours and the warmth will help increase your body’s temperature.
  • If the power outage is isolated and it’s only your home, seek refuge at a friend or family member’s household.

Eliminate heat loss

In a power outage, you’ll want to retain as much heat as possible since your heating sources have been shut down. Try not to open and close doors so often, as this can let cool air into the rooms that are already warm. You may also want to consider going underground to the basement. While basements are often cooler in the house, they have more insulation and can keep you warmer for longer.

Add heat to your home

There are safe ways to do this, but you must be careful. If the sun is out, consider opening the windows only on the sunny side of the home in order to let that heat in. Running a bath tub with warm water is also a great way to extend that heat you’re looking for.

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While weathering the power outage, be sure to have phone numbers on hand for service professionals you’ll need to get in touch with, including an electrician and heating specialist.

More importantly, stay safe and call a loved one for help if you need.

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