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Making a Cooking Oil CandleThis is a page about making a cooking oil candle. Using items from your kitchen you can quickly make this emergency oil candle.


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Solar Lights for Power OutagesIf you experience a power outage, grab your outdoor solar lights for use indoors. They should last for a few hours. This is a page about using solar lights for power outages.


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Emergency Lighting for Power OutagesThis is a page about emergency lighting for power outages. When the power goes out, you want to be prepared with alternative light sources.


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Power Restoration?On 11-17-14, in Jacksonville, FL, a extreme wind blew down part of a tree next to the sidewalk. The branch knocked down the wires and pulled down the power pole. JEA says it's not their problem.


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Food Safety During a Power OutageThis page is about food safety during a power outage. When you lose electricity during a storm or emergency, there are some ways to help keep your food at proper temperatures until it is turned back on.


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Cooking When the Power Goes OutThis is a page about cooking when the power goes out. Inclement weather often results in power outages. One inconvenience of the loss of power is that cooking may be impossible.



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Preparing for a Power OutageThis is a page about preparing for a power outage. Power outages are a periodic problem that we all need to deal with. Being prepared when it happens is the best way to make it easier to get through until the power comes back on.


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Solar Lights for a Power OutageI live in northern Alabama, and after 150 some tornadoes recently touched down, I was without all utilities for 5 days. By the time my husband and I got out to buy some candles, batteries, and extra flashlights, everything was gone.


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Check Electricity Continuity in Your FreezerIf you travel often, even if only for a weekend, there is a chance your electricity may go off. If so, when you get home, you won't know if the food in your freezer has been thawed and then frozen again.


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"Olden Days" Evening When Power Goes OutIf the power goes out and the children begin to fret, you need to cook dinner, the kids need a bath, etc. DON'T PANIC! Tell them you are having an olden days evening (morning or whatever).


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Know How To Manually Open The Garage DoorMake sure you're able to open your garage door manually in case your electricity goes out. That way you can leave to go to a restaurant, hotel, or shelter.


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Tips For Surviving Power OutagesA few months ago, our whole area was without electricity for nearly 15 hours. My husband and I made it fine. We had oil lamps, matches, lots of blankets, and partially prepared meat and vegetables in the crockpot.


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Food Lost During a Power Outage?If you have homeowners insurance, food that has to be thrown out during a power outage may be covered by your policy. Check with your insurance company to be sure.


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Preparing For A Winter Power OutageOur family recently survived a lengthy power outage after a major ice storm. We really did not find it that difficult to do, in part because we were prepared ahead of time. However, some of our neighbors who were not prepared ended up staying at a hotel for several nights.


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Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?During the winter months, storms can bring power outages. Think about what you would need if the power went out. This not only can help you feel more comfortable but can save you money


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Emergency Kitchen CandleI learned this idea from my mom three years ago. We used to have rotational brownouts in our area and sometimes we won't have the chance to charge our emergency lights or even our phones. It would be too costly to buy candles for that purpose and candles easily melt.



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Candles or Flashlights for Power Outages?When the lights goes out in your home do you prefer using candles or flashlights? Is it safe to leave batteries in a flashlight for a long time?


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Safe Candles for Power Outages?We had a power outage last night for about an hour. Lit a bunch of candles for light, had flashlights, batteries and car battery chargers with lights. I told DH to turn off the battery powered items and just keep the candles on as we had no way of knowing how long the outage would last. So far, so good.


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Cooking When the Power Goes Out?I am moving into a home thats total electric which means my stove is electric. Any advice on what I could use as an alternative to the stove for cooking if the electric is out during inclement weather?


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Claiming Spoiled Food on Insurance?How do I make the best possible list of spoiled food from my fridge and freezer after a 26 hour power outage on a 42 degree C (107F) hot day? I need it for insurance claim purposes.


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