5 Things to Have on Hand in Case You Lose Power in a Winter Storm

This time of the year Omaha and the surrounding areas can be a beautiful winter wonderland. On occasion, it can also turn into a nightmare when a massive storm rolls through knocking out power lines and electricity to homes in the area. It’s always best to be prepared for this scenario. Here’s what you need in order to get through a similar episode this winter.

Quick Start Logs for the Fireplace

When the power goes out in your home, so does your furnace and heating system. Don’t get stuck in the cold when the power goes out. Make sure you have some quick start logs on hand and ready to go along with a long lighter. To keep the heat concentrated and conserved, close the door to the room with the fireplace if possible.

Lots of Warm Blankets

Another good thing to have on hand when the power fades are lots of warm blankets. Without the heat, your home can get pretty cold during a blizzard or winter ice storm. Be sure to keep cozy and gather everyone in the same room to generate heat.

Clean Water

One of the most important things to have on hand when the power goes out is fresh water for drinking. A rule of thumb is to have one gallon per person per day stashed away. Your body needs to be hydrated during a stressful time like a power outage.

A Flashlight

Also make sure you’re able to see and get around your house. Blizzards and ice storms can make it difficult for sun to brighten up the earth, and no power at night can cause some real problems. Have several operating flashlights on hand so you can see what’s going on in your home. Candles are another option, but they are more dangerous because of their ability to start a fire. The last thing you need is a disaster during an emergency.

There is a way to avoid being without power all together, though. Consider investing in a whole house backup generator installed by Getzschman Heating & Cooling to safeguard your home from this issue. A back-up generator can sustain the power in your home when the power lines cut out. Call us today at 402-739-8437 to find out which size back up generator is right for your Omaha area home.