Prepare Your Home for Winter Power Outages
Are you prepared to weather a winter power outage? Whether they’re caused by ice-sheathed power lines, powerful blizzards, or critter damage, winter power outages are inconvenient and sometimes even dangerous.
Preparing for one in advance is the best way to ensure you and your family stay warm and reasonably comfortable until power returns. To help you prepare, we've assembled a list of supplies to gather and steps to take before a winter power outage strikes.
Gather Essential Supplies
First, make a list of all essential items that everyone in the home (including pets) will need for at least three days. Also make sure you have a good supply of all essential medications on hand. Store all supplies in a central location that's easy to access in an emergency.
- Working flashlights with extra batteries
- A battery-powered radio
- A first-aid kit and essential medications
- Candles and matches or a lighter
- Non-perishable foods
- Jugs of water
- Extra blankets and warm clothes
Prepare Your Home
If you have emergency heating equipment or a portable generator, it’s a good idea to make sure they're in good working order and you have fuel on hand.
Check your home's insulation to make sure it's in good shape. Squirrels or other critters that manage to sneak into your attic can ruin expensive insulation.
As if Storms Aren't Bad Enough
Did you know that critters are responsible for a good share of those dreaded power outages? Animals like squirrels, rats, possums, and even birds can cause power outages by climbing on and around power lines and other electrical equipment.
Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your home against winter power outages when you install our Line Guard and Pole Guard products. Our humane wildlife control products prevent animals from gaining access to power lines, utility poles, and transformers. They also keep critters from using those electrical systems to access your roof and attic. To learn more about how our products can help keep you and your family safe and warm this winter, contact us today!
- Tags: Safety
- Written by John Sims