As the cooler season approaches, more and more people are relying on their air conditioners and power-hungry heaters to warm their homes, offices, granny flats and businesses. This extra demand on the power supply makes this time of year a prime time for power outages. When a power outage occurs, it can be a frustrating…
As the cooler season approaches, more and more people are relying on their air conditioners and power-hungry heaters to warm their homes, offices, granny flats and businesses. This extra demand on the power supply makes this time of year a prime time for power outages.
When a power outage occurs, it can be a frustrating situation for everyone involved. For businesses, this can pose a major issue and even affect revenue. Closer to home, it can be scary for children and an enormous inconvenience, especially if the power outage occurs around dinner time and there’s half cooked food on the electric stove.
Winters in Australia can get very cold too, so power outages at this time of year can pose an even bigger issue than undercooked pasta! That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways you can stay warm in winter in case your home or business loses power.
Having a ‘go-bag’ doesn’t just have to be for spies. Your winter go-bag is an accessible bag filled with blankets, a flashlight, and other necessary items for your family during a power outage. This can help to ensure you all stay warm, even if there’s no heater. A well-stocked go-bag can also double as an emergency kit for evacuating during heavy storms or cyclones, so be sure to keep it somewhere easily accessible (such as a dedicated space in a cupboard near the entry) in case you need to grab it in a hurry!
You would be surprised how much heat can escape through your hands, feet and head. If you’re in a situation where there’s no power and no heat source, make sure you and your family, especially young children or the elderly, wear gloves, socks and a beanie where possible. This will help to keep extra warmth in.
Try as much as you can to keep the heat inside your home. This can involve living in the one room, where everyone’s body heat will act as a heater, and keeping the curtains closed to prevent heat escaping from the glass.
Wrapping yourself in blankets is, of course, a fantastic way to stay warm, so make sure your house is stocked with plenty of spare blankets.
If you face a power outage this winter season, stay prepared by following these simple tips, and keep yourself and your family snug and warm. If possible, it might be worth considering piling the family in the car and heading to a friend or family member’s house if they have still got power. Keep your kids calm and, if possible, try to make the experience fun and exciting. Use it as a chance to spend some great quality time together and as a welcome break from technology and other distractions.
For any essential medical devices or sensitive electronics (like computers or a media server), it may also be worth investing in a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) – which keeps your equipment running on a battery when the power goes out.
Remember that you can always give the team at Zehn Electrical a call on 0434 571 323 to make sure that your home’s electrical wiring is set up correctly and that your circuit breakers are functioning safely, while also helping avoid any nasty shorts or overloads that might leave you without heating in these chilly months.