Have you ever considered what you would do if the heat goes out and is likely to be out for an extended period of time? You can virtually guarantee that something like this only happens when it is cold.
In fact, with the extreme heat of the last summer, you should consider the same question regarding what happens if the grid is overrun and you can’t cool your home anymore.
Being prepared is the answer; here are some suggestions on how to handle this type of scenario:
Duplicate Your Heat Source
Take a look at your current heat arrangements and consider how they are powered. If it is mains electricity then consider getting a gas alternative fitted; as a spare.
Alternatively, you could learn more about air conditioning units which provide warmth as well.
By having the ability to heat or even cool your home in more than one way you’ll potentially have a way to deal with the heat even if it goes out.
Have An Emergency Kit Ready
If your heat goes out it is likely that there will be a power cut. This will knock out your lights and potentially even your capability to cook.
You need to put an emergency bag together with the following items in it:
- Torch or lantern
- Camping Stove
- Emergency blanket
- First aid kit
- Spare prescription medicines
- Easy cook or instant eat food.
- Water – in case the power outage has affected the water supply lines.
Check Your Neighbours
Of course, before you start panicking it is worth checking how many people are being affected by the heat being out.
Take a look out of your window and see if your neighbours appear to be having difficulty.
There are two reasons for this:
You may find that it is just your house without power and heat. This means the problem is very localized and you may be able to do something about it.
Check your fuse box and verify none of them has been accidentally tripped. If they have, try resetting them and see if the heat comes back on.
Other homeowners may be able to help you. Or, if you know you have an elderly neighbour it is a nice idea to check on them. They are more at risk when the temperature drops; especially if they have no heat.
Should you find there is a problem with your home or just a few of the homes in your area then you need to report the fault as soon as possible. It can then be repaired as quickly as possible.
If the heat is out and you have no alternative heat source then you need to layer up. Put as many layers as you need to on until you feel the first signs of warmth.
It is also a good idea to keep moving around but do not over exert yourself. This will lead to rapid heat gain and loss; leaving you feeling colder than before you exercised.
If you do experience a heat out situation then make sure that any alternate heat source you use is safe for internal use.