Power Outage: Asheville-Area Homeowners — Are You Prepared For One? An Easy 3-Step Process
If you’ve ever lost power in your home, then you already know that nothing is worse than being unprepared. To be ready the next time a power outage strikes, follow this easy, three-step process.
Have The Right Supplies On Hand
- Food and water: Stock up on bottles of water, along with boxes and cans of dried food.
- Light sources: To avoid stumbling around in the dark, be sure to keep plenty of flashlights and candles on hand. You’ll also want to invest in a good amount of batteries.
- Safety supplies: Have a first-aid kit and fire extinguisher, just in case.
- Throwaways: Use disposable plates, cups and utensils.
Keep Your Family Warm
- Stock up on extra blankets, and be prepared to wear more than one layer of clothing.
- Pay special attention to keeping your feet and head warm.
- If your neighbors have power, ask to run an extension cord, but be careful not to overload the circuitry.
- Avoid using your gas stove as a heat source.
Consider Renting Or Purchasing A Generator
While this can be a little costly, a generator is a great way to keep the power going during an outage. If you concentrate on just the basics (lights, refrigeration and heating), your generator may be able to last until the outage is over. If the outage is expected to last, you can either purchase more fuel for the system or periodically shut it off to help sustain it.
If you reside in the Asheville area and would like to learn more about the steps to take during a power outage, be sure to contact the friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about power outages and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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