Power outages are never pleasant—but when they occur during the winter, then they can be life threatening. That’s why, as your trusted Crystal Lake heating contractor, we want to give you some tips on staying warm during a power outage.

Tips from Your Crystal Lake Heating Contractor

Before assuming you’re dealing with an actual power outage, check your home’s fuse box to make sure it’s not just a blown fuse. If it is, replace the fuse immediately. If it isn’t, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Dress in layers. Since you rarely know how long a power outage is going to last, it’s advisable to start adding layers of clothing as soon as it starts. Put on an extra sweater and a thick pair of socks. As it gets colder, keep adding layers. The layers of fabric will trap your body heat and keep you warm. Also, make sure to wear a hat, since you can lose a lot of body heat if your head isn’t covered.
  • Gather everyone in one room. The more people are in the room, the warmer the air temperature becomes due to the heat your bodies emit.
  • If you have a working open hearth or wood stove, use it. Even if you’re only used to using it in a decorative manner, lighting and tending to a fire will provide you with a heat source. If you have a portable fan, set it up at a safe distance so it blows heat away from the heat source and into the rest of the room.
  • Take a warm shower. If you have a storage tank water heater, then the water in the tank is likely to stay warm for a couple of hours. You can take a warm shower, then dress in layers of warm clothing.
  • Eat. You need energy to keep warm. Every couple of hours, eat small, energy-rich snacks such as a handful of nuts, some small blocks of cheese, or a couple of pieces of chocolate.

One Last Tip From Your Crystal Lake Heating Contractor

Finally, before the power comes back on again, make sure to unplug all of your electrical devices and appliances. Unless you have a whole home surge protector, they can get damaged, resulting in hundreds of dollars in damages.