Ice storms and blizzards can snap power lines just as easily as any hurricane, spawning prolonged power outages during the darkest days of the year.
You don’t have to look too hard to find someone who’s weathered a winter power outage.
Just ask me. A few years ago, my family endured a 4-day power outage, turning my home into a walk-in freezer.
When the power went out, so did our electric-powered blower. So even though we had a natural gas furnace, it was rendered useless during the height of the blizzard.
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During a blizzard blackout, you can’t just jump into your car and rent a backup generator.
If you live in snow country – especially areas hit by wicked ice storms – you need to have a backup generator on site before the first snow flake falls.
If you purchase a portable generator, make sure you purchase a Manual Transfer Switch
too. Why? Most furnaces don’t have electrical outlets. You can’t plug your generator into your furnace… or ceiling fan… or light fixtures.
You simply start your generator outside, run a heavy-duty cord to your transfer switch, and voila… your furnace and lights are restored.
Deep Freeze Warning
Finally, if you're away from home often (like a vacation home in the mountains), buy a simple Temperature Alarm
that will call you if the power goes out or the inside temperature drops significantly.
We were rightfully concerned about the water pipes freezing. Water expands when frozen, and the pipes can rupture and flood the entire home.
An early warning can literally save you thousands of dollars in damage later.