Power outages are a pain because although you can prepare for them, there is no way to predict them. Power outages during the cold season are especially stressful because you have to find alternative ways to keep warm. Immediately the power goes out, it is essential to check your electric system or panel to ensure that the circuit is not blown. If you experience an outage in your entire neighborhood, a call to your utility company can help explain why the outage occurred, however, if it is more extensive and has affected neighboring towns, you may have to find ways to keep warm because it could take some time to restore power everywhere. Here’s how to stay warm during winter, in case of power outage:
Maintain the little heat you have left
To eliminate further heat loss, make sure that all your doors are closed. A blast of cold air can lower the temperature in a room by 5-10 degrees. Closing your doors prevents cold air from entering your main survival area. Other things you can do to eliminate heat loss is blocking drafts by placing towels at the base of doors and windows to stop cold air from seeping into a room.
Find ways to increase your heat supply
In instances where your utility company has issued warnings about possible outages, it is essential to stock up on candles, firewood and heating devices that will make you warmer. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, fire them up and ensure that the fire does not go out to keep warm all through. Avoid using alcohol-fuelled heaters inside the house as they can be dangerous in confined spaces.
Wear warm clothing throughout
Warm clothing including woolen sweaters, thick hoodies, gloves, and mittens can help you survive an outage during winter. Layering your clothes during winter helps to conserve heat. By wearing soft, absorbent clothes first, you prevent yourself from sweating excessively. When sleeping, it is crucial to wear a hat or head cover to insulate yourself from heat loss. Add warm socks to your feet and put on sleeping boats to ensure you stay warm throughout. Avoid sleeping alone if the cold weather is extreme to share body heat.
Eat and drink warm food
Your body requires calories to stay warm. Staying active helps to keep you warm, however, hot drinks and snacks can also help to generate extra heat. Hot beverages like coffee and hot cocoa not only keep you hydrated, but they keep your hands warm while drinking.
Preparing for an outage and following these simple tips can help you maintain your heat during a winter power outage.