It's easy to become complacent regarding the electrical service at our homes. However, this last weekend, in the frigid weather, we received a humbling reminder that power outages can happen at the worst possible times.

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Here's a comprehensive guide to the essential items you should have when the power goes out during winter.

Emergency Lighting

When the lights go out, having a reliable illumination source is crucial. Prepare flashlights with extra batteries, candles, and battery-powered lanterns.

Warm Clothing and Blankets

Combat the winter chill by having layered clothing, thick blankets, and sleeping bags on hand. Don't forget hats, gloves, and scarves to keep you warm and cozy.

Alternative Heating Sources

Explore portable heating options like propane or kerosene heaters. Combine this with warm blankets and sleeping bags to create a snug haven within your home.

Non-Perishable Food and Water

Maintain a stash of non-perishable food items, such as canned goods, ready-to-eat meals, and energy bars. Bottled water is also essential to keep you hydrated during the outage.

Communication Devices

Ensure you have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio to stay informed. Keep your mobile devices charged with power banks, creating a lifeline to the outside world.

Medication and First Aid

Organize your essential medications and create a first aid kit. In emergencies, quick access to medical supplies is vital.

Winter Emergency Car Kit

With a winter emergency car kit, prepare for any necessary travel during a power outage. Include blankets, non-perishable snacks, a snow shovel, and an ice scraper.

Keep Spirits High

Combat boredom with books, games, or puzzles. Battery-powered or manual devices can provide entertainment without relying on electricity.

Check on Neighbors

Staying connected with neighbors is essential. Offer assistance to those who may need it, fostering a sense of community support.

Winterize Your Space

Take proactive measures by insulating windows and doors and sealing any drafts. These steps can help conserve heat and make your home more resilient to winter weather.

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