Get your home and appliances ready for winter power outages.
Most of us are unaware of just how often we rely on electricity every day. It’s only when we’re trying to find a flashlight in the dark that we realize electricity is an integral part of our daily life from the coffee pot to our lights to our kitchen appliances. Now that the winter season is coming, this means storms are more likely. Storms often result in the power going out for a couple of minutes if not hours or days. The best way to protect your home and appliances from damage from a power outage is to be prepared. Here’s how to get started.
- Prepare an emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and a first aid kit.
- Keep a single flashlight and extra batteries in an easy-to-reach location.
- Purchase ice bags to keep food cool during a temporary power outage.
- Purchase surge protectors for your important appliances and high-value electronics. If there is a surge of electricity, it could damage your electrical items.
- Aim to keep the fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible to conserve the cold.
- Turn off and disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power surge that can end up damaging devices.
- Use your gas stove to cook food and boil water as needed.
- If there has been any food exposed to improper temperatures or that has an unusual color or odor, discard it immediately.
- Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, non-perishable food, and additional supplies you may have used.
- Replace the surge protectors, as they are designed to be used only once.
These tips will help to safeguard your home and belongings from power outage damage. To find the best home insurance policy to fit your needs, contact Bell Black Insurance today! We serve all insurance needs for those in Idaho Falls, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Swan Valley, Ashton, and the neighboring communities in Idaho, as well as Jackson and Star Valley in Wyoming.