5 Easy Preps for Those Inevitable (and dangerous) Power Outages

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
By Paul Martin

June 8, 2016

While power outages can happen at any time of the year, the most dangerous time for one is when it’s cold and snowy outside. What is an inconvenience in the summer could easily kill in the winter.

Freezing temperatures and roads that can be difficult for repair vehicles to travel on add up to longer times to fix the issue and more time for you without power, and most importantly, heat. By preparing for a power failure now you can stay safe when the power goes out.

Power Failure Causes

Before getting into the checklist, let’s look at some of the most likely causes of a power failure. While, yes, there are nefarious causes for a massive power failure like terrorist attacks, nature is far better at wreaking havoc than man could ever be.

The threat of a solar flare knocking out power transmission is all too real, and it is possibly the most dangerous and hardest to recover from. The burst of electromagnetic energy entering our atmosphere could overload our power system, knocking it out for weeks, possibly months. This has happened on a small scale in the past and could easily happen again in the future with very little to no warning.

For most of us, however, the cause of a power outages will most likely be weather. In cold months, lines can be downed by ice and snow-covered trees as well as automobile accidents and simply by extreme cold. In the warmer months, overload and high heat can easily cause massive brown and blackouts.

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