Somebody Hit the Lights

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By Sam Kantrow on February 25, 2012, 12:00am Last modified: February 8, 2013, 5:35am

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It’s a fact: winter storms are going to happen. After all, we live in New England, right? You can’t escape it, so you might as well get batten down the hatches and ride it out. It starts out looking pretty until it takes a turn for the worst. Sleet and freezing rain freezes solid to everything imaginable. Power lines bend so far it looks like they could snap. Tree branches seem to be unable to handle the pressure of the heavy, wet snow buildup. It’s no doubt people in Connecticut are pros on what to do during a power outage after Hurricane Irene and the October Nor’easter back in 2011.

But just in case you forgot what to do if the power cuts off during a bitter winter storm, keep these tips in mind. They’ll help you stay warm, safe, and comfortable even though it’s like the storm of the century out there.

Before the storm:

  • Make sure you’ve got plenty of wood stacked up for the fireplace
  • Gas up the generator
  • Keep a battery operated flashlight handy with extra batteries
  • Get a carbon monoxide detector up and running
  • You’ll need 4 liters of water per person per day

During the storm:

  • Don’t go out there! Stay indoors and dress in many layers 
  • Seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels under the doors 
  • Keep the heat in by covering windows with sheets or blankets 
  • Never touch down power lines. You never know if they’re live. 
  • Put your generator in a ventilated place. Those things give off toxic gases. 
  • Most importantly, make sure you have plenty to eat and drink 

If you follow these tips, you'll likely be able to stay safe, and healthy if you lose power from this coming storm!

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Sam Kantrow

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