Maintaining body heat during a winter power outage is essential for your safety. These tips will help you meet that challenge if you can’t leave your home for a warmer place.
- Choose the warmest room in your home to gather your family. The body heat will warm the room.
- Dress in layers. The warmth coming from your skin will stay between the layers instead of radiating through your clothing.
- Set aside a few clear shower curtains to cover the windows to stop cold air drafts. You can tape them to the window frames to take advantage of the sun’s warmth. The plastic also provides an insulating thermal barrier, which slows heat loss.
- In lieu of shower curtains, hang blankets from the windows to slow heat transfer outdoors, especially if you don’t use storm or energy efficient windows.
- Use unvented heaters or fireplaces wisely. They rely on oxygen sensors that turn them off when the levels fall. If you use an unvented gas fireplace or heater, crack open a window to bring in a continuous supply of fresh air.
- Keep the wood burning fireplace in good shape by having the chimney swept every year if you’re a frequent user. When using the fireplace during a power outage, be sure you don’t overload it with wood and keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from flying outside the firebox.
- Before retreating to the warmest room in your home, turn off the furnace and other important appliances at the circuit breaker box. As technicians restore the power, it may surge in the lines, damaging the electrical components inside them.
- Never run a gas stove or oven continuously to warm your home. They emit combustion gases that will build indoors and can harm your health. Using a gas or charcoal grill indoors or in the garage exposes you to high levels of deadly carbon monoxide (CO).
Preparing ahead for a winter power outage will help you maintain enough heat indoors to assure your safety. For more information, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, serving homeowners in the greater Cleveland area.
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