Preparing for Power Outages During Storms

Preparing for Power Outages During Storms
As we transition from warmer months to the colder ones, the storms will be coming. Heavy leaves may come down on power lines. Powerful rain, and even hail, may cause serious damage. Today, let’s talk about preparing for power outages during storms. 

Power Outages During Storms Could Mean Downed Power Lines

No matter if the storm is a hurricane, tornado or simply a severe thunderstorm…preparing for power outages during storms is crucial. Water safety is our first concern on this blog, so let’s address the danger of a live electrical current in the water. After all, the mixture of electricity and water can be dangerous.

In the past, we wrote a full article about the dangers of electric shock drowning. Remember that if a downed power line is touching even a puddle, it can quickly become a fatal hazard. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid touching any water that might be electrified.

Fully Charge Devices Ahead of Time

While we’re discussing power, it pays to think ahead. When preparing for power outages during storms, make sure you charge all of your devices ahead of time. After all, if the power drops, you won’t know how long it might be until it returns.

Additionally, having accessible working devices can help you to stay connected to updates, resources and possible help. For instance, you can keep an eye on your local area’s emergency broadcasts and warning systems. Furthermore, you can call for help in case of an emergency.

Generators and Batteries

Besides keeping your devices charged, be sure to keep a battery or crank-operated radio available. If the internet goes down due to a storm, access to AM radio can be extremely helpful. That radio can help to provide you with warnings and updates throughout the day.

Next, a generator is a massive help when it comes to preparing for power outages during storms. Granted, this can be an expensive option. That said, if your family can afford one, it can help to eliminate most of the dangers of losing lights and power.

Protect Your Electronics from Power Surges

Power spikes can cause major damage to home electronics. These can flat-out break computers and hard drives, costing you precious data and family memories. To prevent this situation, invest in better backup devices instead of simple surge protectors. These safety devices are designed to grant users a short window of reserve power. This gives people the time needed to properly shut down and disconnect devices. Another useful tip is to unplug any electronic devices from the walls when a storm is expected. This eliminates the risk of power surge damage, simply by eliminating the power source before a storm even begins.

Food and Water Are Important

Besides technology, it is important to take care of your body during a power outage. If the electricity is out, most of your appliances and possibly your stove will not be working. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid opening the refrigerator when possible.

Keep some bread, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, canned goods and any other non-perishable foods your family likes. Bottles of water are another excellent addition. Stay hydrated and stay safe. Read more at this link for other helpful storm safety tips. For further storm safety reading, take a look at the American Red Cross’ Safety Checklist.