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When the lights go out

Wintry weather to mean lights out

We are expecting wintry weather over the next two days and there is a possibility the lights could go out for some.

Living in the country you have to be proactive because power outage could happen.

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Things you can do to prepare for a power outage

  • When buying a stove should you get an electric stove or a gas?  Many will go with the gas, since you can still cook when the power goes out.
  • Consider investing in a generator.  Be careful when operating the generator,  it has to be installed properly and the unit should never be used indoors.
  • Some homes are equipped with pellet stove, gas, or wood fireplaces which can help to keep you warm.
  • It might be wise to keep some jugs of water on hand.
  • Non perishable food items are a must.
  • Some homeowners will also use their grill to cook, just make sure it is outside, so as to avoid a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Have batteries, flashlights and lanterns on hand.
  • Matches to light the gas stove since the pilot light goes out when the power goes.
  • Hopefully your cellphone was charged, and don’t forget a crank radio.
  • Keep extra blankets on hand  especially if you don’t have the items above which could keep you warm.
  • If  there are children in the household, have some stories in mind to share.  Good time for bonding without the distraction of electronic devices.

One major item which contributes to power outage are the trees coming down on power lines.  Both homeowners and the electric company should be proactive in removing such hazards.

Living in the country ,power outage is not something you hear about, it will probably be a reality.  So are you prepare for when the power goes out?

Originally posted at:When the power goes out what can you do? By Jennifer Fivelsdal of JFIVE Homes Realty LLC


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Comment balloon 15 commentsJennifer Fivelsdal • December 08 2014 09:41PM


Jennifer what great advice especially in the Winter Time this is very timely, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 6 years ago

Good evening Jennifer.  Winters with snow and cold temps definitely need be prepared for every year.  It does not take newbies but one year to take your advice seriously.  Enjoy the holidays.  Mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 about 6 years ago

Yes, good tips here, Jennifer.  That gas stove has come in handy many times for my parents.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 6 years ago

Very useful tips.  We switched to a gas stove last year, for this very reason. And we're supposed to be getting our wood stove installed today (although you're right, it might be icy/icky out so maybe they'll reschedule- hope not!).

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 6 years ago

Jennifer these are very good suggestions.  A year and a half ago I finally got a big generator which handles about 80% of my house.  I have not had to use it yet, and hope I never do :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your tips, Jennifer. Did you lose power with the storms that came your way?

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 6 years ago

Jennifer Fivelsdal that's a good list for the colder areas of the country. Hoping for no power outages.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) about 6 years ago

Good evening Jennifer Fivelsdal .. this is a great post as well as must haves on hand in case one loses their power.  It happened at my house last week and found out real quick how not prepared I am.  Thank you!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) about 6 years ago

Endre the light going out when there is a severe winter storm is a reality for many.  With preparation it will be less of an ordeal.

Mark thank you.   Even with the best preparation there could be some challenges.

Debbie my husband pointed this out to me when we first move o the area and I was set to purchase an electric stove; and he was right.

Kat that was a wise choice and I hope your stove is in.


Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 6 years ago

George I must say you are well prepared.  I hope you won't need it.   Is there an almost silent generator?  Can you imagine if everyone turn on their generator ;)

Debbie not this time , just the storm around Thanksgiving.

Wayne winter isn't even here yet, and many have lost power some for days.

Judith I am sure you will be well prepared for the next time.  Hopefully there won't be a next time :)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 6 years ago

We always stay prepared.  We have a wood burning stove and back up batteries for our router and computer to be able to continue to watch weather for hours and when we know a storm is headed this way we always charge phones and draw up water.  Normally we don't need it, but better safe than sorry.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 6 years ago

Jennifer Fivelsdal great tips - and if power outage is often, generator is almost a MUST.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 6 years ago

Jennifer -- these are some of the best tips I have seen this winter. We just had a multi-day power outage on Thanksgiving.  It is good to be prepared.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 6 years ago

Jennifer due to the large storms that have hit our area the past couple of years, electric generators have been on steady supply.  I have not made that move as yet, although my wife does mention it before every threat of a storm

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 6 years ago

Great post, Reminds me of how lucky I am to live in Huntington beach. Power rarely ever goes out for more than an hour. Really blessed living at the beach.

Posted by Doyle Davison, 30 years as your Concierge services listing broker (Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767) about 6 years ago

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