This winter has been unusually cold for many people. Much of the Northeast has received several feet of snow and the Midwest has been in the grips of a polar vortex for months now. The Great Lakes have frozen over completely and Niagara Falls has frozen over as well. The weather is cold. I cannot say just how much I am looking forward to spring and the coming summer, but until then we still have to deal with the cold and the precipitation that comes with it.
Just two weeks ago our area was the recipient of a nasty ice storm. Much of the area was under ½ an inch of ice and over 2 inches of sleet. This is a recipe for disaster no matter where you live. Power outages were quickly piling up and the accidents were starting to pile up as well. My home was one of the thousands that lost power. Luckily I am a prepper and I knew just what to do. I am always ready for situations like this and I was quick to jump into action.
Are you ready in the event that you lose power? There has been talk for years about possible power grid failures and even terrorist attacks that could involve an EMP. In any of these situations, your power would be cut off and you would essentially be relegated to living like the pioneers of the 1800’s. When the power goes out the first thing people realize is that they are no longer going to have heat.
The first good option for heating your home in an emergency is to rely on your fireplace. I am fortunate in that my home has two gas fireplaces. Our fireplace works on propane gas. We have 2-125 gallon propane tanks so the possibility of running out of gas is minimal. If you don’t have gas, you can still build a fire with wood to stay warm. Just make sure you have the chimney flue properly opened! However, I realize that not every home has a fireplace, so what do you do in that situation?
A space heater is one option. While the space heater can be a great quick solution to help your family warm up, it is also potentially lethal. These heaters are known for producing a huge amount of CO2. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas and it could kill you and your family. However, if you use this item sparingly, and you properly ventilate the area, it could be useful.
Block Off One Room
Another way to warm your home in an emergency is to block off all openings. The idea here is to gather the family into one room, usually the living room. Once everyone is in the room then you will use blankets or plastic to cover the doorways. This will help to hold in all the heat in one small area. You do not need to heat the whole home but rather a small room. This will be easier and more economical.
Just as a tip, always make sure that you have plenty of blankets available. We try to keep two heavy blankets on hand for everyone in the home. If you follow these simple suggestions you should be okay for a time. For longer periods of power loss you might want to consider purchasing a generator to run your home’s heating system. It might be a little expensive, but it is a lot better than watching everyone freeze to death.