TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Cold weather outside can often lead to a loss of power inside. Whether it's from frozen power lines or blown down trees, the important thing is being ready to act.
"You will start to lose temperature in the home right away," said Dwayne Owens from Duke Energy. "When it becomes something you can feel, would be minutes to hours."
On really cold days, the first thing on your mind should be staying warm. You want to bundle up. Grab coats and sweatshirts; anything you can use to keep your skin covered.
It's also key to stop cold air from getting in. If you know of a drafty area, try to block it using a sheet or blanket. This will seal the warmth in.
Also, have simple items on hand that can be used easily.
"Can opener, food, water, your basics so that if it is an extended outage you can take care of yourself," said Owens.
Whenever the power is out, whether it is the summer or winter, make sure not to open the refrigerator. This will keep the cool air inside and make your foods last longer.
In addition, it's always good to have some cash money stored in a safe location. If the power outage is widespread, chances are ATM's will not be operating. If you need to buy important items, credit card readers will not be operational and they will only accept cash.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be careful when it comes to finding additional sources for heat.
Fireplaces can be very helpful and they provide lots of heat. However, they're about the only safe heat source for inside.
Kerosene heaters and barbeque can give off gases like carbon monoxide. If these build up they can cause significant injury or even death.
In the end, like all emergencies, you can never be too prepared.
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