3 Ways To Prep Before The Power Goes Out
There is nothing worse than being unprepared for a power outage when a storm or bad weather hits. Usually, a storm will sneak up on us and before we know it the lights are out and the heat is close behind. In fact, just last week in Calgary, Alberta almost 18,0000 homes were left without power. If you are a Valor owner you already know that your Valor Fireplace is prepared for any storm or outage as it will run without power. This is because every Valor unit comes equipped with heaters that will run and circulate the heat around your home, without the use of electricity. However, you should still make sure you are as prepared as possible for any storm or outage by preparing and storing the necessary supplies.
- Lights: One of the most important things you’ll need in a power outage is a source of light. Start by gathering several sources of lights such as: flashlights, glow-sticks, candles and matches. Store these items in a clearly marked and accessible box, so there is no scrambling when it comes time to use them. To go the extra step, label the box and the lights with a glow in the dark sticker or paint so you can find them in a hurry.
- Contact: It’s really important to have your power provider’s phone number somewhere easy and accessible for when the power goes out. Create an emergency contact list that can live somewhere visible such as the fridge door. This way all of your important numbers are in one place in case an emergency strikes. Also consider adding the following numbers for extra precaution: Family emergency contact, local hospital, doctor’s office and your child’s school phone number.
- Emergency Kit: Creating an emergency kit is really important as you never know when something might go wrong. This can be a great project for the whole family to do together and it will help everyone in the family to stay informed in case a storm or outage hits. Suggested emergency kit items: flashlights, first aid kit, non perishable food and water, extra cell phone car charger, blankets, emergency contact list etc.
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