Ways to Stay Warm When the Power is Out
Around 2,000 people in Tuscaloosa County are currently without power. As temperatures start to drop residents should follow the following tips to stay warm, which were pulled from the Urban Survival Site and WFAA in Dallas.
- Close blinds/curtains to keep in heat. Residents can also cover windows with blankets or towels to provide insulation.
- Close off rooms to avoid wasting heat.
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Warm socks and gloves are the most helpful.
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- Put hand warmers in you gloves and socks. The warming packs should be replaced every few hours.
- Eat and drink food that will provide energy to warm the body. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Drink warm liquids. Keep your body warm from the inside out. Liquids can be heated with a candle (safely) or a camping stove. Drink warm liquids every hour to keep your body temperature up and avoid drinking anything cold.
- Stuff towels or rags in cracks under the doors especially exterior doors.
- Lighting candles can provide a good heat source most importantly in an enclosed space, but residents should practice good fire safety and not rely solely on candles.
- Isolate inside one room. Pick a room with the least amount of windows and stay inside. Close all vents to keep the body heat contained within the room.
- Cover windows with plastic, bubble wrap, or garbage bags using duct tape. This will prevent the cold glass from chilling the room.
- Cover yourself in a bunch of blankets. Wool blankets are the most advised and will provide the largest amount of heat.
- Snuggle with a heated water bottle. You can also use a bag of beans that have been heated up with a heater or fire (from a safe distance).
- Another great way to warm up your body is exercise. A good example for families with children is to play Simon Says. In addition to warming everyone up it is fun and can help to boost people's moods.
- Sleep in a sleeping bag. This will hold in a large amount of body heat to keep you warm.
- If you have a generator it can be used to run heaters or even a furnace. Keep extra fuel to keep the generator running. NEVER BRING GENERATORS INSIDE!
- DO NOT USE A STOVE OR OVEN TO KEEP WARM! THIS CAN LEAD TO CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING!