With dangerously low temperatures and major snow and ice fall gripping much of the country for a prolonged time, cold weather power outages are a stark reality. With electrical power being severely tested in many areas of the U.S., here are a few cold weather safety tips to help you survive in the event of a power outage.
First and foremost, if it is safe, try to get somewhere that is warm. If this is not possible:
- Stay indoors and away from doors and windows.
- Try to keep everyone in a central room of the home.
- Close off unused or empty rooms to avoid losing heat.
- Minimize drafts under doors by stuffing towels in any openings.
- Insulate windows by closing all blinds and curtains and putting towels or blankets on top of them.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine.
- Eat nourishing food and drink water and other non-caffeinated beverages.
- Wear layers of loose fitting, warm clothing, especially warm socks and gloves if you have them.
- Use candles for heat if you have them but please remember good fire safety rules.
- Do not bring a generator inside, if you have one. It should remain 30 feet away from your home.
- Do not use a stove or oven for heat as this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
We at Security Specialists Want You and Your Home to Stay Protected this Winter Season!