Eventually, you’ll realize the power has gone out. Of course, we all know first you call the power company. But then what?
What to do During a Power Outage
Create Space to Move
First off, create space to move. Even if you’ve lived there all of your life, and think you have muscle memory of the layout, you can never be too safe (especially during a power outage). Open all the doors and make sure they stay open. Move furniture out of main traffic ways, like pushing in chairs and closing drawers and cabinets. Clear shoes and kids toys away so that no one trips and hurts themselves.
Have a Backup on Hand
We’re technically animals y’all, you’ve got to remember that. When we’re out of our comfort zones, we’re gonna want to bring some comfort back to us. The usual things are flashlights or candles for lighting. However, the Guardian series generators will bring a sense of normalcy back quickly.
They have air cooled and liquid cooled series, air cooled provides less power (8 kW to 20) while liquid cooled provides closer to 25-60kW. They automatically sense when power is shut off, and switch on. When the power is back on, they’ll shut off and recharge. They can power your lights, potentially an electric oven, and other electronics.
After doing the research for this post, Kody and I have actually decided to consider getting one! We’re going to see how often we have power outages and how long they last, this could be a lifesaver during hurricane seasons.
Calming Down Young Kids
Young children will usually feel afraid in the dark, especially if your first instinct is to panic. Reassure them by using neon glow sticks! They’re super easy to use, and the fun colors are always fun to kids. Of course, having large candles or even old school oil lamps on hand are a good idea. I actually have a lot of memories about these old lamps as a kid!