Stay Safe and Warm During a Winter Power Outage

Steps you can take to stay warm if you lose power this winter, courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Winter storms can be divisive. While some enjoy the whimsical beauty of a fresh-fallen snow, others cringe at the sight of a single flake hitting the ground.

People’s thoughts on power outages tend to be less varied. Aside from some rare, overzealous board-game enthusiasts, most folks prefer to keep their lights, appliances and heat running, especially on frigid winter evenings.

Should you lose power this winter, here are some steps you can take to stay warm without putting yourself at risk, courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat.
  •  Wear layered clothing and use blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm.
  • Never use generators or outdoor heating or cooking equipment, like a grill or propane heater, indoors. In addition to presenting a fire risk, it could expose you and your family to dangerous carbon monoxide.
  • Never heat your home using the stove or oven, either. If you use a generator, keep it outside in a well-ventilated area at least 20 feet away from any door, window or vent.

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  • Limit your time outdoors. If you must venture outside, dress in layers and cover up any exposed skin to protect against frostbite. If your clothes get wet, replace them with dry ones.
  • Know how to recognize hypothermia. Warning signs in adults include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, slurred speech, memory loss and fumbling hands. In infants, signs include bright red and cold skin and low energy.
  • If you’re losing heat and don’t think you can make it until the power returns, head to a relief shelter if you can make it safely. You can locate the nearest shelter by downloading the FEMA mobile app or texting “SHELTER” and your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA). For Spanish, text REFUGIO and your zip code. (Standard text message rates apply.)

Do you have some sound tips for staying warm during a power outage? Let us know in the comments. 

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2 Thoughts on “Stay Safe and Warm During a Winter Power Outage

  1. Remove your air conditioners from your windows before the weather turns cold. The side slides on the A/C are not insulated and you will lose heat through them and around them, particularly as the temperature drops to freezing levels.

  2. To have something hot to drink in a power outage, heat some water to boiling .(Ex: the night before if storm is predicted next morning.) Then transfer to a good quality thermos/
    carafe. Place lid on carafe tightly, and the water should stay hot or very warm for about 8-12 hrs. Now it’s possible to have tea, instant coffee, bouillon granules, etc.

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