Tips In Case of Power Outage in Wake of Weekend Weather

Published: Nov. 10, 2017 at 8:05 PM AKST
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With another strong weather system moving into the Interior this weekend, we have some pointers on how to prepare for a power outage.

Being prepared can save lives, so long as you have everything you need.

It is recommended that a person be able to last at least 7 days without power, should that problem arise.

Stocking up on non-perishable foods is a good start.

When the power goes out, items in the refrigerator will only keep for about 4 hours, and items in the freezer for about 48.

Fuel is another thing to think about, especially as the temperatures drop.

Light is an important consideration in the event of power loss at night.

LED's can be the best choice, with kerosene lamps being a decent alternative.

Energy Specialist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension, Art Nash, gave some more tips on essentials during an outage.

Art Nash; Energy Specialist UAF Co-Op Extension>>"Some of the new LED lights that have come out are very versatile and put out a good amount of energy for just a little bit of draw from batteries. And there are a number of stoves, such as the old suitcase two burner stove, that now not only come in the traditional white gas, but also you can use unleaded gas with some of the newer ones. Many people often think also, about heating and they have small catalytic heaters that maybe use white gas as well. Which again are fine to use, but you would definitely want there to be some type of ventilation."

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