Have some candles and/or oil lamps handy so you can light each room. Candles in glass containers are safest with little ones around. Make sure if you have oil lamps that you have a bottle or two of lamp oil with your supplies. Flashlights and camping lanterns are also great. Make sure you have extra batteries.
Your refrigerator will not work. Try not to open it to keep the food cool. Put two soda bottles filled with water or refreezable ice packs in the freezer space. You can then redistribute them, one for the freezer space, one for the refrigerator. It will help keep the food cool for longer. If you have a large freezer, keep extra soda bottles filled with water in it. When the power goes off it will keep frozen for longer.
If you have an electric stove or microwave, they will not work. Gas stoves may continue to work but you may have to light them by hand. Have matches ready and procedures for lighting your stove. Also have food available that you don't need to cook.
Many furnaces whether gas, oil, or electric have an electric starter and electric fan that blows the heat. None of these work in a power outage. Extra blankets are helpful. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, make sure you have a supply of wood or fire logs to last a few days.
Think ahead. Each household has different challenges when the power goes off. It is always good to have backup systems available. Try to plan for it so if it happens you will be ready.
About The Author: Susan is the editor of the Thrifty Fun newsletters.
Copyright 1999 Susan Sanders-Kinzel
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When the power was off for 3 days, we taught our grandkids games they could play outdoors like jump rope, hopscotch and jacks. It seems that most kids have never heard of the old games we use to play. Our granddaughters loved all of the games and had a blast.
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