When the Power Goes Off

Friday, March 02, 2012 Posted by Dina N

A couple of weeks ago, our power went off. Fortunately, it happened in the middle of the day and the power was back on in about 20 minutes. Power outages don’t happen very often in my area but when they do, I am reminded just how much we depend on having electricity. When the power is off, there are no lights, no cooking, no watching the news on TV, no computer, no Internet, no laundry… the list goes on and on.

Today we are expecting a bit of rough weather, so I am worried about a power outage. Especially since my freezer is full to the brim with meat, veggies, and fruit. I looked up some advice on what to do when the power goes off. As far as frozen food, it turns out the best thing is to set the freezer control to -10°F to -20°F. The colder the foods, the longer they will keep. Luckily for me, the food in a fully loaded freezer will last longer compared to the food in a half-full one. It’s recommended to pile the foods together to keep them frozen longer. Another thing to do is cover the freezer with blankets, leaving the vents open. Having dry ice on hand is helpful in case the power is off for several days because it can keep your refrigerator and freezer in arctic conditions.

All that may help with the frozen food but what about everything else that needs electricity in our house? I am looking into getting a generator that can power our appliances for a while in case of an outage. I found some options on Generators AtoZ. They offer commercial, residential, and recreational generators that can be very helpful in case the power goes off. Check out their site to see the large variety of brands and models they offer. Plus, shipping is always free. All I need to do is narrow down all the options and find the best one for my house. Being prepared for a power outage would give me peace of mind – and I would not have to worry about all the food in the freezer going bad.

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5 comments:

  1. Pricilla said...

    Ours goes out at least once a week. The joys of rural living....

  2. holdenj said...

    Surprisingly, we don't lose power very often. I try to keep a full freezer too, it's supposed to help!

  3. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

    We had a lot of older trees in my last neighborhood, so ours went out quite a bit. I was always jealous when I hear the neighbors' generator!

  4. Kristie said...

    I hate when the power goes out. Once some people in my town did not have power for several days. Not us though, thank goodness. A generator is a good idea but it can be expensive. Kerosene lamps are good too. Just be careful. My mom has one. My husband does not trust me not to burn the house down with one though. I did buy a weather radio that you can crank. News is important. I would look into a radio like that for yourself. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  5. royalegacy said...

    Our power goes out several times a year. This is the site for us. We do need a generator. Thanks!

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