Winter is almost over, and spring is on the way. However, as the saying goes, with April showers come May flowers, and rain can cause a lot of inconveniences, and even dangers. Aside from dangers of ice and slick roads, there is also the danger presented by blackouts. In order to stay safe, it is best to be prepared, and here is a list of vital tools for every power outage.
1. Food and water. The golden rule for water is to have enough for one gallon per person per day. For food it is a good idea to have enough non-perishables for several days’ worth of food.
2. First aid. Even if it is only basic first aid, it can make a big difference if someone is injured.
3. Extra Clothes. This is especially important for staying warm and dry. Having extra socks, coats, and so on can really help everyone stay warm.
4. Cell phone and batteries. Cell phones may or may not work during a blackout, but it is important to have them ready all the same just in case.
5. Flashlights. In particular, some kind of battery-operated lantern is very helpful, as it will be bright and durable. This is vital for navigating a dark house, fixing any electrical issues, or treating wounds in the dark.
By keeping these tools ready, it will be far easier to get through blackouts with minimal inconvenience.