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When the power goes out in the summer months, it is easy to just go outside or hang out with neighbors and friends; having drinks and laughs before the power is restored. In the winter month's, it is not as easy especially if you have small children; pets or a newborn to deal with.Here are some tips to help you stay warm and safe:

1) Dress in layers. Putting on multiple layers of clothing may seem obvious when the cold starts, but it's a must when your power is out. Hypothermia usually kicks in fast depending on the temperature outside. Be sure to wear hats, gloves and scarves, as well as insulated socks and shoes, to keep your body warm at all times. Since you never know just how long you will be going without any power, keeping each item of clothing on for as long as possible is highly recommended.

2) Stock up on food and water. Your body also needs plenty of energy to keep your temperature at an acceptable level. In addition to drinking plenty of water, eating foods that have high calorie and sugar levels will provide your body with the energy it needs to stay warm when the temperatures drop down. If you have pets, be sure to have extra food on hand for them as well. Always have a supply of canned food, bottled water, batteries and pet food if you have pets. Keep your pets dressed through the cold winter months. You should keep enough food and water to last up to four weeks. 

3) Any small openings in your house doors, garage door or window framing can quickly get that cold air into your home fast. Use packaging tape, old rags or bubble wrap to block any cracks or openings Insulate windows with plastic shrink wrap or install secondary storm windows to keep cooler air from entering your house. You can conduct a test to see if you have drafts coming into your house or trailer. Use a lighter or a candle and maneuver around your doors and windows to see if the flame blows out. Make sure you use caution when doing this and only conduct such a test when your lights are working. 


1) Here is a ceiling fan trick you may not know about. Turn your ceiling fan on and set it to a clockwise rotation. It will redirect warmer air back down keeping you and your family below warmer. This is done of course when power is on unless you have a generator during a power outage

2) If you have not done so already, change all your light bulbs to LED bulbs as this will save you plenty of money in your hydro bills. The price of LED bulbs have dropped a lot over the last serval months as more and more consumers switch over. It costs about 80% less to light up your home with LED bulbs instead of traditional light bulbs. The savings are incredible in return for a small investment in new LED bulbs 

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