of us don't fret too much over a winter storm. In most cases, it blows through
and life is back to normal in a day or two. But in more severe situations,
heavy snow, ice or wind can knock down electric lines, leading to a power loss
in homes that depend on it for heat. You should know what to do and what not to
do in this situation.
an emergency supply of food, water, flashlights, batteries and medicine. A
battery operated radio is also handy for keeping informed about weather
a way to heat your home without power. Stock up on wood for the fireplace
(make sure it is inspected and usable) or kerosene for a portable heater.
If you have a generator, keep a supply of fuel. Make sure you know
how to use your backup heat source in a safe manner.
you have a well, fill containers with water for washing and flushing.
doorways with blankets to close off the room with the heat source and use
only that space.
faucets to slow drip to prevent pipes from freezing. Wrap at-risk pipes
with newspaper or insulation to keep them warmer.
not open the refrigerator or freezer to prevent the cold from leaking out,
which can cause your food to spoil. If power isn't back on in 24 hours,
you can pack snow in to keep food from spoiling.
not travel unless absolutely necessary.
not go near any power lines on the ground.
on neighbors, especially the elderly who may need help with shoveling
brief power outage usually isn't a serious situation if you've prepared for the
possibility. Take steps to make sure you're ready for a winter storm and if it
does happen, use caution to stay safe until power is restored.
Get the protection you need this season. Call Allen
Harmon Insurance at (269) 441-5164 for
more information on Battle Creek home insurance.