Think About Food
During an extended blackout, you can prepare your meals outside on the BBQ. A fondue is a likewise pleasant way of enjoying a warming meal. Make sure you follow the safety recommendations and never fill the burner cup while it is still hot.
Don’t open the fridge or freeze door too often so that they stay cold as long as possible. Some foods can be stored outside, in a cooler, but make sure it is properly secured so as not to attract animals!
If the outage lasts more than six hours, start throwing out the fridge’s perishable items. Food stored in a full freezer will safely keep for 48 hours or 24 hours if it’s half full.
Prevent Further Damage
Pipes that have been subject to freezing temperatures can cause quite a mess when they burst. To prevent this from happening, shut off the main water valve, drain all the taps and pour nontoxic antifreeze liquid into all the water lines, including the toilets.
Remember, Safety First
Don’t heat your house by turning on the natural gas stove, or by using any other supplemental heating source that is not certified for such use. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors’ batteries so you can sleep worry free.
Instead, rely on a generator to run a room heater or stay with friends if the nights are too chilly.