Some people have the good fortune of experiencing power outages once in a full moon while, for others, it’s a common and frustrating occurrence. No matter what side of the fence you stand on, it’s important that you have at least the basics for surviving a prolonged power outage down to the last detail.

Have Multiple Light Sources

Having a good source of light like candles and flashlights with extra batteries around is something you should always remember in case a power outage happens. We suggest that you keep them all in one place for safekeeping so you’ll know where to go when things suddenly go dark.

Have a Secure Water Supply

During most prolonged power outages, municipal water sources might go with the electricity. To ensure that you have plenty of water for washing, drinking, and flushing, we recommend filling your bathtub to the top. If you have a gas stove, then go ahead and boil the water before drinking.

Pull the Plugs

If the power lines in your area are damaged, it could potentially lead to power surges or spikes that can potentially cause costly damages to your appliances. To avoid this, walk around your home and unplug everything you can after the power goes out.

Safely Use Your Generator

Generators can be a godsend during a power outage, but they can be dangerous if not used properly. A running generator inside your home or garage can cause carbon monoxide buildups. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can be deadly if inhaled in large quantities for long periods. If you use your generator, make sure it’s outdoors.

Consolidate Your Food

Unfortunately, prolonged power outages tend to spoil your food quickly. But you can take some steps to extend your food’s life as much as possible. We recommend keeping it all in one cool place and resist the urge to open the freezer.