Chances are, if you’ve lived in Washington long, you already know a fair bit about how to prepare for a winter storm. You know that you need to get to the grocery store ahead of time and also be stocked up on a few days’ worth of non-perishable foods just in case. But one thing that’s a little hard to completely prepare for is…the power going out!
After all, your heating and very possibly your plumbing rely on working power to your home.
Unless you have a whole-home standby generator, losing power means that you need the tools and the savvy to keep yourself and your family warm on a cold winter’s night, the old-fashioned way!!
So without further ado, here’s a list of extremely important tips and items to add to your checklist for losing power when it’s freezing outside:
- Drink lots of water and have water bottles on hand. The non-perishable food is important. (Especially because if your power goes out, then everything in your refrigerator and freezer is a bust…Although, hopefully nothing busted!) But most people don’t think about the idea of stocking up on water to prepare for a storm and possibly losing power. The reason it’s so important to stay hydrated when you’re cold is because being cold and shivering increases your metabolism, which sounds like a great way to shed a few pounds, but also, it’s a great way to become dehydrated!
- Another thing that you might not think about when it comes to losing power in a storm is a first aid kit. But especially if you are stranded at home, it’s important to have antiseptic and bandages, and medicine too, in case someone gets hurt or sick.
- Speaking of hurt or sick, what about the dangers of frostbite? We know being stuck in freezing temperatures during a storm sounds scary, but there are plenty of things you can do to keep warm:
- Wool, down, or fur coat
- Long johns as well as insulated socks
- Chemical hand warmers (If you’re not familiar with these, they’re pretty neat! All you have to do is shake them and they produce a reaction that creates heat. However, they are not safe to put against your skin, so put them on top of your gloves or in your boots.)
- Wear a hat to bed, because even though they say most heat is lost through your feet, in actuality, most heat is lost through your head
Hopefully it doesn’t get so cold that you have to break out the chemical hand warmers to avoid frostbite, but if it’s not perilously cold (just “annoying” cold!) what you can do is pitch a tent in the living room. Actually, you’d want to set up the tent in whatever the warmest, most interior room of your house is. Huddle in there with the other members of your household! You can also add blankets on the floor first, to insulate even more.
Even better, this will be a fun distraction for kids and anxious roommates, who will have fun building a tent fort, instead of worrying about how cold they are!
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