Here’s A Simple Idea That Could Be A Life Saver The Next Time You Lose Power
It’s a nightmare, but sometimes the power goes out when it starts snowing. We don’t like to talk about it and I hope I’m not jinxing us by writing about it, but being prepare for things like this makes weathering the storm so much easier.
If you live in a part of the country where winter storms are a realty, then you need to print out this list of DIY tricks to help you deal with a power outage. Because you want to make sure you can stay warm and feed your family, put these tips in your back pocket and you’ll be ready to rock in the event of the worst case winter scenario.
Want to know if your freezer is still good? Here’s the tip from Sheila Russel: “Put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you’ve been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed Frozen while you were gone. If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out.”
Light is important – especially when the power goes out. Simply strap a headlamp or flashlight to a jug of water and you’ll create an instant ambient light source.
Glow sticks also can help you get around the house. If your lights go out, place them at strategic locations around your home. You won’t have to bump into the table again.
Although it’s uncertain how well they work, homemade flowerpot heaters are a popular DIY idea. Since “clay/terra-cotta pots absorb the thermal energy of the candles and convert it into radiant space heat,” explains desertsun02’s video description, you can place a candle under it to generate warmth.
For an emergency, use your washing machine as an ice cooler. Fill it with ice or snow and you can store your food there for hours.
When the power is out, a candle can boil water – although it works slowly.
A quick way to keep your place warm is to stop the draft in your rooms. Cut a pool noodle and use it as a draft stopper at the bottom of your doors.
If you have solar lights out in your yard, bring them inside if you fear the power might go out. Just keep them near the window in the daytime to recharge them for a dark night.
If you water doesn’t run or you need some, grab fresh snow and boil it for a few minutes. When it cools, it should be okay to drink.
“Freshly melted snow is generally considered to be safe … without further treatment,” Dr. Liz Bentley, head of The Weather Club at the Royal Meteorological Society, told The Guardian. “However, to be on the safe side, it is best to boil the water from melted snow for 10 minutes to kill any micro-organisms and germs that may exist.”
If you have little kids who are terrified of the power outage, make it fun and go camping inside!
Watch the video below to help you prepare for a power outage in the winter or summer.