steps to take in case of power loss
1997. most people believe that the worst power failure occurred in late summer, when heavy thunderstorms and hurricanes struck the power lines with brutal winds and heavy rains.
However, power companies point out that during the winter months, when a blizzard destroys power lines containing large amounts of ice deposits, there is a greater chance of a power failure.
Long winter power outages can be dangerous as home heating systems are also disabled in addition to lights. If the bone-
The cold weather continues and the temperature in the House may drop below freezing point.
Many homeowners just packed up something and moved to a motel or a friend\'s house where there is still electricity.
Unfortunately, when they returned home after restoring power, they found that the burst pipes frozen during the power outage caused serious water damage.
In the case of a power failure, you can take some measures to protect yourself and your property.
Call the power company first to find out their estimated time to evaluate and restore power damage.
Long downtime requires some action from you.
Advertising next, call your water supply company to see how long they can continue to supply water after a power outage.
Most water supply enterprises use electricity to pump water.
In the event of a power failure, most companies have backup diesel generators to power the pump.
Other water suppliers rely on storage tanks as backup systems.
Their ability to supply water will depend on the size of their storage facilities and the needs of the community.
If you suspect that the faucet will dry before restoring power, start filling the household container.
You can also buy bottled water at the supermarket.
If you can\'t lie down with water supply and expect a power cut, it\'s better to leave your house.
The power failure will turn off the stove and the House will gradually get cold.
There are many things you can do to save heat.
First, restrict entry and exit to a door-
If possible, choose one with air-proof doors and air gates.
By sealing the cracks on the edges with tape, prevent the draft from penetrating around other doors;
Place the rolled up towel on the bottom crack.
Make sure all the windows--
Including stormy windows-
If possible, put a layer of transparent plastic on the inside of the window.
Open the curtains, open the curtains and let the sun enter.
At dusk, please put away the curtains and curtains in order to keep the heat indoors.
Of course, you will also want to try to generate heat.
Fireplace can certainly help;
But be careful that the flue ventilation sucks in the heated air from the whole house.
Before starting the fire, close the room with a fireplace in other parts of the house.
Fire near the back wall of the fireplace to avoid it.
The fire warmed up the air in the smoke.
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If you have a gas stove, you may want to use it as a heat source.
It can be used, but do not open the door with the burner open.
This can distort the heating elements, causing them to malfunction and discharge carbon monoxide gas.
To heat with the oven, start the oven and rotate the dial to 350 degrees;
Close the door and let the oven slowly heat the kitchen.
If you still have tap water, please turn on all the taps for quick drip.
This will keep the water in the pipe moving and prevent freezing.
Turn on the tap every four hours and rinse the water out of the drain;
This will keep them from freezing.
If the water supply is closed, close the main water supply valve and drain the water pipe.
Pour antifreeze into the trap;
This also includes toilet traps.
Your automatic dishwasher has a drain with water.
To prevent these lines from freezing, pour some antifreeze directly into the bottom of the washing machine.
If you have a hot water heating system and expect a power outage of more than 36 hours, consider the drainage system.
Since there is no effective way to keep the water circulating, it is very likely that the pipes will freeze.
To drain from the hot water system, turn off the switch of the circulating pump first.
Then close the fuel supply valve and the water supply valve.
Turn on the boiler drain cock and let the water out.
If you can run the garden hose from the drain cock to a nearby drain, it will be easier.
If not, you have to bring the bucket to the sewer.
Advertising Lighting is another problem you have to face.
Ideally, there should be a flashlight in each bedroom.
These are convenient if there is a power outage at night.
Keep in mind that there should also be enough battery supply at hand.
You should have six more than a flashlight. volt, battery-
Electric lanterns that can be used to illuminate the room.
Candles are useful as emergency light sources, but they are also a fire hazard, so don\'t let candles burn in an uninhabited room.
Kerosene lamps and lanterns protect the flame and are a better alternative to candles.
If you have pets, consider their health too.
Mammals like dogs and cats may be able to endure cold houses as much as humans do.
Other pets, such as pets, tropical birds and fish, are more sensitive to cold weather and should be transferred to a warm house.
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A version of this article was printed on page WC13 of the National edition on January 12, 1997, with the title: steps to be taken when power is cut off.