Power Outage Tips

by Leah Kirstein on February 1, 2011 at 5:33 am

It’s dark.. It’s cold… and that’s inside your house. If that happens, the Muskingum Valley Red Cross has some tips to help you if an ice or snow storm knocks out your power. First, try to stay warm by adding extra clothing.  

The Red Cross suggests always having bread and peanut butter in your home. It may not be a home cooked meal at least you will have something to eat.  When it comes to trying to cook a real meal you may need to be creative.

"If you have an outdoor grill and you know you don’t mind going outside to cook a meal. If you have meat that you need to get rid of before it goes bad take it out and put it on the grill" said Marlene Henderson, Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

When it comes to water, bottled is an option to have stored away for an emergency. It can be used for a lot of different things

"Have enough water for at least 3 days. A gallon of water per person in the house and if you even think that maybe the power is going to go out there is a few things you can do as far as your water supply- fill your bath tub."

A main concern for the Red Cross during a power outage is the use of alternative heating sources. Make sure to use extra caution since they can cause a fire.