Do you know what to do when a blackout strikes? No matter where you live, it's more than likely you'll face one at some point. Wildfires, heat waves, strong winds, a power surge, a blown transformer, an ice storm or any of a dozen other events can knock your power out with little to no warning.
When the inevitable happens, make sure you have a plan. These tips will get you ready to outlast an outage any time of the year.
Find a way to charge your devices
First, you're going to need a way to charge your devices so you can keep in touch... and be entertained, of course.
For short-term outages (a couple of hours), you really don't need to worry about the food in your fridge going bad.
Move some larger frozen items from the freezer to the refrigerator to supplement the cool air that's already inside. After you make the transfer, keep the door closed and the fridge will stay cold long enough for the power to come back on.
If you find yourself running out of candles, remember this tip: crayons are a great alternative.
Use a lighter to slightly melt the bottom and stick it to a plate so it will stand upright. Then, light the paper around the crayon on the top. The paper will act as a wick and the wax will fuel the flame, just like a candle.
Keep a go bag on hand
Just in case the weather gets too bad, keep a go bag on hand during the power outage.