What to Do When the Heat Goes Out

At Peninsula, we pride ourselves on being able to provide some of the best heating services on the Delmarva peninsula. But we’re all familiar with those big snow storms that knock out the power, and with it, the heat! And while we can’t do much to fix your furnace when the power goes out, we can at least share some of our favorite tips for ways you can keep warm without the furnace!

Tips for Staying Warm without Heat

The next time your home loses power during the winter, make sure to:

  • Call the power company to let them know the power has gone out. Even if your neighbors have already called, many utility companies use total callers to prioritize what areas to tend to first.
  • Use a standby generator to get basic appliances, like a space heater, to work. Remember generator safety – prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by not running your generator indoors or near any open windows.
  • Make sure you put space heaters in a safe location away from flammable items like clothes, trash, and drapes. Make sure you always turn your space heater off when you’re not using it.
  • Bundle up inside with layers, hats, and gloves.
  • If you have a gas or wood fireplace, light it when you’re home (just make sure the flue is open).
  • Close all window drapes to prevent cold drafts from outside.

In addition to the above tips, there are a few things you should not do when trying to stay warm. We’ve heard of people unknowingly putting themselves in great danger by doing some of the things on this list!

  • Don’t use things like grills to try and heat your home – doing so presents a major fire hazard and can create hazardous fumes.
  • Don’t open your refrigerator or freezer – this will add cold air and make your food spoil faster.
  • Avoid getting wet in any way – you’ll never get warm if your clothes are wet.

Hopefully these tips will keep you warm when the power goes out. If you want someone to take a look at it when the power does come back on, call Peninsula for furnace inspection!

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