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  • Mon, Jan 31 2011 10:19 PM

    • Mimi
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    Safe ways to stay warm if power goes out?

    Since 100 million (!!!) of us are likely to be affected by this storm and long-term power outages are predicted, what are some safe ways to stay warm if the power goes out and you don't happen to have a fireplace, woodstove or propane heater?  Any ideas? 

    I went to the store today to try to find a propane heater, but they didn't have any. (I know what I SHOULD have asked Santa to bring me for Christmas!) I do happen to have a fireplace, but I have never used it. The main reason is that the chimney was damaged, and while the outside was repaired, I have not had the inside professionally checked for obstructions.  Should I risk it if it gets cold enough inside?  I don't want to have my house catch on fire!

    For anyone who has their own generator, can I come over?  Smile Seriously though, people in my community died because they didn't use it properly, and they had carbon monoxide poisoning.  Please use them correctly!  Here's a link to some safety tips.

    http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/portable_generator_safety.pdf

    I am not sure how long I will have power, so I am not sure that I will be able to respond anytime soon, so thank you in advance to anyone who does!

    Praying you will all stay safe and warm! 

     

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

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  • Mon, Jan 31 2011 10:37 PM In reply to

    Re: Safe ways to stay warm if power goes out?

     I worry a lot about this, too. There is nothing I can do if the power goes out. I would have to call the police and go and sit in the hospital waiting room.

  • Mon, Jan 31 2011 10:50 PM In reply to

    • Mimi
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    I hope that won't end up having to happen Seaturtle!

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill
  • Mon, Jan 31 2011 11:12 PM In reply to

    • Mimi
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    Re: Safe ways to stay warm if power goes out?

    While I am not sure how safe these are, if you find a safe nonflammable place to use them to heat up some tea or soup it could keep your body temperature up.  (These don't look safe to use as a heater!)

    http://www.ehow.com/way_5410393_homemade-fuel-stoves-camping-survival.html

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill
  • Tue, Feb 1 2011 12:11 AM In reply to

    • Mimi
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    Re: Safe ways to stay warm if power goes out?

    I put some food in the crockpots so that for at least a few hours after the power goes out, I'll have something warm. I made sure to put it in early enough so that it would be fully cooked by the time the storm hit.  If it's already gotten to you, you could always put in something fully cooked to just keep it nice and warm.

     

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill
  • Tue, Feb 1 2011 5:45 AM In reply to

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    Our plan is to go "camping" in the master bedroom; it gets and stays warmest and is easy to heat up with body heat if we're all in the room with the dog and the 1 cat that would stay.  The other cat would not stay so she would get a blanket for the couch and she would be fine.  Our stove is gas so I could light it with a match and we could have warm food.

    We had a propane heater when I was growing up.  We went camping, but it got it's heaviest use one particular March when the house was remodeled and they shut off our heat a month early!  LOL  We would huddle around that thing every morning and evening and then bundle up before climbing into bed.  It was a fun time.

    I would like to get one of those so that we could better heat the master bedroom and bathroom and that way I would know both cats were near-by and warm.  Doesn't hurt that the people would be warm, too.  Wink

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  • Tue, Feb 1 2011 9:09 AM In reply to

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    I like the idea of putting you and your family in one small room to trap each other's body heat. Keep blankets, hats, jackets, mittens, sleeping bags, etc. all closeby.

    If you have no other heat source, try lighting a few candles. You'd be surprised how much light and heat they can give off. Just be careful not to knock them over!!

    Stacie

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  • Tue, Feb 1 2011 9:51 AM In reply to

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    I am not in this storm's way, but in the past we were out of power for about 3 days during a winter storm last winter.   DH, our dog and I put lots of blankets and sleeping bags on our bed and shut ourselves in our bedroom.  It is the warmest room in the house and upstairs.  

     I believe it ended up at about 42* in our house before our power came back on.   We bundled up in addition to the blankets and body heat.

     

    Nicole

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  • Tue, Feb 1 2011 1:42 PM In reply to

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    Well, I live in an area where the power is often out.  I don't have much for back up so if it's likely to go out, I heat the house a little warmer than usual so it will last longer.

    Others have wood stoves or fireplaces.  BUT if the chimney is iffy, be careful and make sure you have a battery powered carbon monoxide detector right with you.  That is one way folks have problems with indoor fires, even with propane or kerosene heaters or gas stoves.

    If you have a gas or propane stove, stay in that room and run the oven a bit.  An old woman in Iowa kept her kitchen and a bathroom warm enough for days by heating unglazed clay plant pots (no plants in them!) on her gas stove.  She would heat them up to red hot on the burners, then turn the burners off.  The pots slowly cooled and kept the rooms warm enough.

    Candles can heat up a small clay pot and if you put 3 or 4 candles together, you can heat up a pot of water, soup, or even fry an egg in a small pan over them (tip from my Gramma who lives in an apartment with all electric heat and appliances).

    If my power goes out I have also been known to take a hot bath with the last of the hot water and leave it in the tub to cool.  This does make the walls sweat, but I get that heat into the trailer.  BUT< if we're going to be super cold for a while, that means I'll have to keep a hot water tap dripping or the water heater will freeze solid which would be very bad.

     

    Hope you have heat and water through the storms!

  • Tue, Feb 1 2011 2:26 PM In reply to

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    How is everyone doing? 

     I'm stuck at home since my car wouldn't have made it out of the driveway anyway this morning and DH, who leaves ahead of me, made a plea for me to stay home via cell phone as he drove past the aftermath of a head-on collision.  I travel to work on a notoriously dangerous road, so he gets worried when the weather gets crazy. 

     I'm doing paperwork, cleaning, & laundry and going a little stir-crazy. 

     

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