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Tips for keeping warm when the power goes out

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

By Lauren Compton, NBC12 Web Editor

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If your power goes out, it pays to be prepared. Here's some tips on how to endure the winter weather without electricity.

Be sure to have candles, kerosene lamps, and flashlights handy.

Consider burnless candles, which are battery-operated and do not pose a fire hazard.

If you decide to use kerosene lamps or candles, be sure to keep an eye on them at all times.

Use a use blankets or towels to drape over windows to keep the heat in and only open sun-facing windows to let the sun in for warmth.

To keep warm in your home, consider choosing one room where you will spend most of the day or evening and close all other doors to rooms not in use.

If you're worried about your food going bad in the refrigerator, remember that a frezzer full of food can last for up to 48 hours.

Only open the refrigerator and freezer door when necessary. This will help keep your food cool until electricity is available. You may also want to consider a potluck dinner with neighbors or outdoor grilling.

You may one to consider filling a clean bathtub with water before a storm hits for flushing the toilet if the power goes out. You can also fill clean plastic milk jugs with water to freeze outside. These can then be placed in coolers to help preserve food when the power goes out.

For more tips, you can visit www.almanac.com and www.consumerenergycenter.com.

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