This winter promises to be a season to remember. Not only will we have the usual assortment of storms and other inconveniences, but for the first time in our lifetimes most of us will be forced to endure them stuck at home due to the COVID restrictions—without the happy relief of snow days.
Thanks to pandemic-induced work-from-home and remote learning, those serendipitous weather-induced holidays may be a thing of the past leaving many of us without an excuse to curl up in front of the TV with a warm blanket and a hot toddy. And that makes planning ahead for winter’s curveballs even more important.
Here are some things to do keep from being caught unprepared.
Be aware of local weather
Colorado’s diverse terrain creates local conditions that can vary considerably from the regional forecasts. Pay attention to regional weather forecasts but be aware of how that can impact your local conditions too. Cold air sinks into valleys and river bottoms and winds on mountains and hilltops, open prairies, and steep slopes can be much stronger than more sheltered areas.
Use your local forecast as a guide, but factor in conditions unique to your specific location.
Sign up for alerts
Radio and television stations broadcast emergency alerts and other resources advise you of things like power outages that can be sent directly to your cell phone. Some utilities have outage maps and information on their websites and social media pages. Others let you sign up for text messages about outages that affect you directly. Check your utility’s website for sign-up information.
Keep your cell phones charged to stay connected in case outages or downed lines prevent access to your home network or land line service. If power is out at your location, report it to your utility unless you know they are already aware.
Stay away from downed power lines
Never touch or go near a sagging or downed power line. High voltages can arc and flow through wet or even damp ground. If a line is down or appears weakened, leave the area and report it by calling 1-800-895-1999. If life or property is threatened, call 911.
Stock up for outages
Power outages of a few hours are annoying but long-term outages or impassible roads can be an emergency. Keep your family safe and functioning by having things ready to get through an outage or road closures like:
- A battery-powered radio or television
- Fresh batteries
- A cell phone or land line that doesn’t need electricity to operate
- Back up phone chargers
- A non-electric clock, preferably one with an alarm
- Bottled water and nonperishable food
- A manual can opener
- A first aid kit.
Also be sure you observe food safety guidelines and know how to operate electric locks and doors (including garage doors) manually.
Have a backup plan
Dining by candlelight may be romantic, but it can get old after a while. Backup power options like storage batteries and generators can keep you functioning during an outage and can be a necessity for persons dependent on life-sustaining medical devices.
There are several options for backup power depending on your particular needs. Read this article on the Allstar Electrical Services website to help you choose the right one for you.
If you're thinking about adding safe, reliable backup power or have any problems or concerns about your electrical service, the pros at Allstar Electrical Services are ready to help. We offer homeowners, builders, and businesses reliable, professional electrical work that is safe and up to code.
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