The winter months in Long Island can bring a higher risk of power outages. Winter storms can affect power lines or cause trees to fall, resulting in a loss of power. It’s important to make sure that your home is prepared for these outages in case any occur this season. Find out how to stay warm if the power goes out in the coming months.
Dress in Layers
One of the safest and most effective ways to stay warm during a power outage is to bundle up in layers. Put on multiple shirts, tights under your jeans or pants, and keep a coat or jacket on if the temperature drops drastically in your home. Wear a hat and gloves to keep your head and hands warm. You can also layer yourself with blankets to help you stay as warm as possible until your power comes back on.
Use Your Fireplace
If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, use it to keep you and your family warm. Just keep in mind that your fireplace is only going to provide heat for the immediate area, rather than the majority of your home. Have everyone stay close to the fireplace for warmth, and make sure that you’re awake until the fire is completely out. You should also check your carbon monoxide detectors, since fireplaces can lead to carbon monoxide leaks in some cases.
Avoid Heating Dangers
Although it’s important to stay warm during a power outage, a few ways of heating your home are dangerous. Never use your gas-powered stove or burn kerosene inside your home, since these can cause toxic fumes or gas to build up in your house. Don’t rely on candles to keep you warm either, since they can easily become a fire hazard. If your outage lasts long or if you’re having trouble staying warm, make plans to stay with family or friends in another area until you get your power back.
If your heating system needs repairs after a power outage this winter, please contact Cool Power. We provide dependable HVAC services for homeowners in Long Island.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about TOPIC and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.
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