How To Stay Warm During A Power Outage

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How To Stay Warm During a Power Outage

Power outages can be frustrating and stressful, but if you follow these helpful tips, you will hopefully stay warm and safe until everything is back to normal.

1. Avoid heat loss

The first and most important step to staying warm during a power outage can be summed up in one word: conservation. A blast of cold can quickly drop the temperature with no easy way to get that heat back. Trap the heat in your home by doing the following:

  • Roll up a towel and place it on the base of exterior doors. If you have to leave, go through a porch or garage.
  • Keep the curtains closed to reduce heat loss through the windows.
  • If the power cut is prolonged, move all the family activities into one room and keep the interior doors shut to retain some of the room’s heat. Gather blankets, sleeping bags, and flashlights. Put on additional clothing layers, gloves, and a hat.
  • If you have a tent and enough space, consider placing it temporarily inside to capture and share body heat.
  • Close the doors of every room you don’t have to get to. The more sealed up your house is, the less cold will be able to get in.
  • Use duct tape and plastic to cover windows. If you don’t have a roll of plastic, you can use garbage bags. Better yet, use bubble wrap if you have it. The extra insulation will stop drafts from seeping around the smallest cracks in the sill and keep the cold glass from chilling the room.

2. Layer your clothing

Wear thermal underwear, a couple pairs of socks, several shirts, and a hat that covers your ears. This will make it harder for heat to escape and keep you much warmer. Also wear a coat and gloves if you’re outside.

3. Drink warm liquids

Hot coffee, hot chocolate, soup, and tea will keep your body warm from the inside out. Use your candle or camp stove to heat the liquid. Drink hot liquid every hour or so to keep your body temperature up. Avoid drinking cold water or other cold drinks.

4. Use heated water bottles

Back in the day, people used heated water bags to keep warm while they sat on the couch or lay in bed. You can do the same by heating up a water bottle and putting it next to your body.

5. Get the generator running

If you plan to use a portable backup generator, you should follow the following precautions:

  • Never run the generator inside.
  • Place the generator in a well-ventilated area with the exhaust directed away from your home.
  • Connect only electric heaters and the most necessary appliances.

6. Fire up the fireplace

This is one of the simplest ways to warm a room when there is no electricity. Gas fireplaces that are equipped with a battery backup for the ignition will continue to work even if there is no electricity. For wood-burning fireplaces, conserve wood by using the fireplace intermittently. Remember to keep flammable items away from the fireplace.

7. Use a portable heater with an open window

If you use a portable heater, make sure it is indoor-safe as some can cause a deadly carbon monoxide buildup.