Snow. Ice. Sleet. Rain. Wind. These are all things Mother Nature can throw at us during a winter storm and any of these can single-handedly wipe out power, not to mention a fierce combination of any of the above. So, what can you do to better prepare for, and weather, the storm?
1 – Keep Electronics Protected
Power outages, and power surges, can wreak havoc on your electronic devices and appliances. First, make sure it’s not simply a blown circuit and that the power in in fact, out.
Once you determine that the power has gone out completely, unplug these types of devices so that no damage occurs when power is restored. With that said, it’s a good idea to leave one light switched on so that you’ll know when electricity starts flowing again.
2 – Stay Warm
Lots of home heating systems operate on electricity in one form or another so when the power goes, oftentimes the heat goes out too. It’s extremely important to stop drafty windows and doors to prevent heat loss.
To do so, use old t-shirts or towels to plug up cracks and gaps and close curtains and blinds at night.
3 – Use Generators Safely
Have a portable generator on hand? They can certainly come in clutch when the power goes out during the winter, but make sure you’re using them correctly.
Keep generators away from windows and doors and make sure there is adequate room for ventilation.
4 – Break Out Extra Blankets
If you’ve swapped out your lighter sheets and comforters for heavier, warmer bedding you’re one step ahead of the game. If the power is not restored by nighttime, it’s a good idea to add a few extra blankets to the bed and you may even want to wear a winter hat and mittens or gloves.
Hopefully, power won’t be out for too long, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution.
And remember, when you need electrical or hvac work in your Philadelphia home, you can always count on the home experts at GEN3! Give us a call at 215-512-4102.