Orangeville and the surrounding area was hit with an ice storm this week. It brought record rain fall that later turned in to freezing rain. This meant that twice this week, my family and I were left in the dark. Losing power even for a couple hours, can show just how much our day to day lives are made easier but having electricity. While the power was restored in a couple of hours, it makes your realize that you need to be prepared. Below are some helpful tips to help you brave the storm until the power is back on.
Make sure you are stocked up and you have a plan: This can mean different things to different people in different areas. In rural places, losing power can also mean losing water. In house without a secondary heat source, no power can literally leave you in the cold. Make sure you have a 72 hour emergency kit and you know where it is. You should be prepared to be without power for 72 hours. This means stocking up on food, water, batteries, flashlights. Make sure all your electronics are plugged into a surge protector. This includes your fridges, freezers, computers, laptops and TV’s.
Report the outage: Don’t assume that your neighbors have reported the outage. This is especially true if you live in a rural area. Make sure you call 1-800-434-1235 and let them know there is a problem
Unplug your devices: After the power has gone out make sure you unplug your TV’s, electronics and appliances, in case there is a surge when the power comes back on.
Avoid opening the fridges and freezers: Keeping these appliances closed when keep the cold in longer.
Use candles and kerosene lamps carefully: These items should never be left unattended as they can cause a fire. Keep out of reach of small children and pets
Keep warm: Heading to bed early may be your best option as the blankets and cover will trap your body heat and keep you warm. This is especially true if you not lucky enough to have a wood or gas fire place. If the temperature drops too much, make sure that you head to your nearest warming station.
Have fun and keep entertained: when the power goes out. Often everyone gathers around the kitchen table. Card games, board games and puzzles often come out to help pass the time. Enjoy this time with your friends and family and try and make the most of the experience.