How to Prepare for a Power Cut

No matter where you live, your family is likely to be affected by power cuts at some point. Whether it’s due to a storm, an electrical fault, or another issue out of your control, you need to be prepared for a power outage. 

This can be a difficult time, especially at certain times of the year. Most blackouts might only last a few hours, but you might be without power for days or even longer. Here are some tips to help your family during times like these.

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Stock Up On Supplies

You can’t always predict a power outage, but you can be prepared for it and stock your home with supplies to help you manage. First, you should focus on the essentials. These include a first aid kit, as well as non-perishable food and clean water. 

You also need to stock up on items that will help you to stay comfortable. Candles provide light and are cozy, but they can be a fire hazard and shouldn’t be left unattended, especially if you have pets or small children. A flashlight is a safer and more practical option. You should have a few flashlights. Always charge them or replace the batteries after your electricity returns so you can use them again. 

If it’s winter, then you should also keep a supply of blankets on hand. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to cool down in summer without electricity, making it even more important to stock up on plenty of clean water.

Charging Your Devices

If you know about a power cut in advance, then you can charge your devices beforehand. A fully charged phone or tablet should last for a few hours. You can download some movies or Netflix shows to keep your children entertained.

One option for surprise blackouts or longer-term outages is to use battery packs to keep your devices charged. If you don't know how long the blackout will last, then restrict the use of your phone. You should save as much of the charge as possible so that your phone is available if and when you need it.

Using Daylight

During the day, take advantage of the light and get things done. If you have a gas stove, then you can cook food. You can also cook outside using a grill, weather permitting. Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to bring an outdoor stove or grill inside. Carbon monoxide poisoning is serious, so always be safe.

You can also read books and find other ways to entertain yourself during the daytime. Leave the house, if possible. You might be able to charge any devices or find other things to do during the day. 

Even when it’s dark, you can still keep your family entertained without using your devices. This is especially important if you’re trying to conserve energy. Play board games like Scrabble or come up with puzzles to keep your children occupied. You can use tools to help you level up your Scrabble game and get those eight letter words. Invest in some interesting board games and, you never know, your children might actually enjoy the blackout.

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