No Power Any Suggestions For Next Time

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Shea - February 14

So we are caught up in this lousy winter storm here, and last night lost power from 5:30pm to 6:30am. Although I am gratefull it didn't last longer, it was such a terrible experience. Back in the days it was just dh and me, it probably wouldn't have been a big deal, but with ds, it was an entirely different experience. Our house dropped down to 58, and that is with our fireplace going! I actually put a pot of water into the fireplace to heat water to warm Braden's bottle - I felt like a pioneer woman, lol. We had candles going, but he is so into everything now, he kept trying to get to the fireplace & candles, and pulling his socks off, and I was freaked about putting a lot of blankets on him, and he wouldn't lay in bed with us for anything - and on and on. DH & I were worried about leaving the fireplace unattended and hardly slept all night. I thought I was prepared, but apparently not - anyone been through this and have any ideas?

 

mcatherine - February 14

We did it last night. We all slept in the living room - covering the entrance to the dining room and stairs with blankets (staple gun - haha) to keep out the cold air. My oldest slept on the floor, baby in the pack n play, me and hubs on the couches. We have a power source with an outlet that plugs into the lighter in our SUV, so my husband put the microwave in the back of the Envoy and made us some popcorn (and the neighbors, lol). It was past Hud's bedtime, so we didn't need a bottle - but I would have tossed that in to the microwave, too! Power was back on around 7am. We're almost out of wood so I hope the ice stops falling from the sky pretty soon.

 

Shea - February 14

I need to get one of those power source things - my friend has one. I have cathedral ceilings and open railings to the upstairs, so all my darn heat went up there. We actually slept upstairs in Braden's room on the twin bed because it was warmer. That's an awesome idea about covering the entrances though. Glad your power is back on and I hope that groundhog is right - I'm ready for spring!

 

mcatherine - February 14

I'm ready for spring myself - especially since we decided against buying the snow b__wer and I gaze out the window knowing I don't have much longer before I have to go out and shovel....

 

srigles - February 14

You could think about getting a generator. There's a huge price range/options, but I think it's really worth it, especially with a baby in the house. We're looking into getting one, because our power always goes off since we get some pretty nasty storms. Last year our power was off for 17 hours with one storm - it's so frustrating because we take so many things for granted now! Everything you go to do requires power.

 

Rans - February 14

Like srigles said - generator! We live in Northwestern Ontario with lots of cold weather and lots of power outages. We invested in a large generator about 8 years ago and in my opinion it has been one of the best purchases ever. It is large enough to plug in fridge, freezer, use microwave, have tv, lights airconditioner (in summer) etc. I was sure thankful that we had the generator when I went into labour in the middle of a power outage! If I remember correctly we spent about $1000 on the generator. We heat our house primarily with wood (use electric baseboards and our forced air oil furnace as back up) so heating the house in power outages is no problem for us. We also made sure when we replaced our old bbq to get one with a side burner and that way we could use it for cooking, coffee (perked) etc. We always have bottled water and foods that can be done in microwave or bbq on hand. We also have flashlights all around the house and smoke/fire/carbon detectors that only require batteries (and beep annoyingly when they need to be changed!!). We also have the old type of phone that is plugged right into the jack so we have phone if power is out (as long as phone lines are working) our cordless phones only work with power. Also have a crank radio (never used it though). I think that is about all that we have "in place" and we have never really had any problems or suffered at all during a power outage. Except maybe being in labour during one.....but of course that had nothing to do with no power!! Stay warm everyone!

 

Rans - February 14

Oh forgot to say that we always keep gas on hand for the generator and my dh has taught me how to start it, plug it in, fuel it up so if he is not home we can still use it.

 

Erynn21 - February 14

I live in the northern part of WA state and we had 3 power outages this winter that were pretty long, we have a wood stove, so that helps, but some suggestions I have are always have water on hand, we have a well so this is crucial, we also have a camping stove w/ propane bottle to cook with. The generator is a good idea, they are so worth it, we have one on my hubby's work truck and it was awesome to have that, he's an electrician also so he devised a way to get our house all running, and our neighbor is his employer, so when the power was out we were the only 2 houses w/ power, lol. Ppl kept driving by really slow trying to figure out why we had power and they didn't. The first outage we didn't have power for 26 hours, the others were 12 and 9 I believe, there were places in our state that didn't have power for well over a week. We are also like Rans, and have food on hand, plus we live away from town so I always have my pantry stock piled, it is pretty easy for us to be prepared. I say get a generator, they do vary widely in price, but are so worth it.

 

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