Tips For Surviving A Winter Storm At Home With A Power Outage

Down comes inch after inch of snow and then comes a hefty layer of heavy ice. Not long after, you lose complete power and not only are you left in the dark, but you are now without heat as well. Unfortunately, this kind of scenario is a common occurrence through the winter in some parts of the country. It is always a good idea to have a back-up heat source available when there is a power outage if you do rely on electric heat. However, if you are caught in this situation without heat, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind. 

It is usually possible to rent a temporary heater. 

Many people have no idea that you can actually rent heaters during a power outage in some places if needed. Some companies like PHVAC have heaters available that can be rented during a heating emergency. Most of these heaters are powered by kerosene or small tanks of propane and can be incredibly valuable when you have no other heat source in the house. In some cases, the heaters can even be delivered to your home instead of you having to venture out to rent one. 

Heat only one area of your home. 

Whether you have access to a rental heater or you are going to try to make do with extra blankets and whatever you have on hand, downsizing the space where you and your family will hang out is a must. Round up everyone into a small inside room if possible. If this room can be completely closed off with a door, it will be even better. If you have only outer lying rooms to choose from, use heavy blankets or jackets to cover the windows and doors leading to the outdoors. If you have several people in a small space, it can elevate the temperature a bit just because of the body heat. 

Don't wait too late to get emergency help if needed. 

It is never a good idea to put off getting out of your home if there is a chance you will get trapped there because of the weather, especially when there is no heat and no power. If the weather is getting dramatically worse outside, it is a good idea to get in touch with someone who can help you get to somewhere warm. In these situations, it can take days for the power to be restored.