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How to keep safe during a winter power outage

Winters in Idaho can be tough.

They can be even worse if the power goes out during a storm.

However, there are ways to be prepared.

Rusty Deveraux from the American Red Cross said that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“They need to anticipate that this could happen, make a plan, and be informed, and know if this will be a short one or long one.”

There are some other tips the Red Cross has as well.

Remember to turn off those electronics. They can cause a surge when the power comes back on. One light can stay on, but turn off the extra ones.

A battery operated radio is a smart idea as well. One can keep up to date on the latest developments, in addition to the weather.

As for staying warm, lots of layers of clothes help, as well has having extra blankets. Deveraux said “You can even wad up towels to put at the base of doors and windows to add another layer of insulation.”

People should also toss out those candles, and get battery operated LED lights instead.

Remember to keep extra batteries, food, on hand, and don’t forget those pets when planning.

And as for food, when in an extended power outage caused by a sever winter storm, perishable foods such as meats and dairy, can go bad, but a way to keep them fresh is to use household containers such as Tupperware, and pack it with snow, and place in a ice cooler.

The Red Cross has more information on its website as well, at http://www.redcross.org//prepare/disaster-safety-library

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