Tips for Winter Storms (With and Without Power!)
To-Do Checklist (If Power is still On)
1) If you still have electricity in your home, try to keep your thermostat as high as possible for as long as you can. If you no longer have power in your house try to find a gas-powered heater. (Tip: Buy a heater ahead of time to save time and money during the crisis.
2) Unless there is an emergency, stay inside.
3) Turn all your faucets to a slow drip to help prevent your pipes from freezing.
4) Wear dry or waterproof clothes; remember to wear layers to preserve body heat.
5) Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids. Experts suggest that, in emergencies, you should drink two quarts (half a gallon) of water a day – more if you're in a hot climate, sick, pregnant, or a child.
To-Do Checklist (If the Power Goes Out)
1) Use a gas generator to power "essential devices," like the refrigerator and heaters.
2) Unplug computers, TVs, and other non-essential electrical equipment to avoid a power surge.
3) To keep food from spoiling, do not open the freezer or fridge unless necessary, and be brief!
4) Move frozen food and things that could go bad quickly to the garage to stay frozen if the power is out for a long time.
5) Use flashlights to avoid the risk of a fire. Candles may look cooler, but they’re actually hotter!
6) Do not use cooking devices that may emit carbon monoxide or other fumes.
7) Dress in layers and use blankets and towels to help keep warm.
8) If you have a weather radio, periodically listen to weather reports for your area.