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11 Aug 2023

How to Stay Safe in a Power Outage During a Heat Wave


During summer heat waves, power outages can turn from a simple inconvenience into a dangerous situation. This is especially true when you rely on fans and air conditioning to keep your home cool. However, the risk is even more pronounced for seniors or those who have health issues.

It's important to know how to stay safe and comfortable in the event of power outages. Learn essential steps on how to effectively prepare for and navigate through it.

Prepare for Power Outages

Being prepared for power outages, especially during heat waves, can significantly decrease its impact on you. A good first step is to make sure you have an ample supply of water. You will also need food that doesn't require refrigeration like canned goods and cereal bars. A battery-powered fan is a fantastic investment, but don't forget extra batteries!

You can also be proactive and prepare for these events by purchasing a generator. While generators can be pricey, they can also be lifesavers when the lights are out. Make a list of emergency numbers and keep a fully charged mobile phone on hand. It allows you to stay in touch with the outside world and get updates about the situation.

Stay Safe During a Power Outage

One of the first things to keep in mind when the power goes out is to remember to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water during the day even if you are not thirsty. Try to avoid any unnecessary physical activity that could cause you to sweat and lose more water.

To keep cool, dampen towels with room temperature water and drape them around your neck or on your head. It is also a good idea to unite everyone in the house in the coolest room to conserve cool air. Check on your neighbours, particularly if they are elderly or have health issues. They might not have the same resources or ability to stay cool.

What to Do After a Power Outage

Once the power is back on, take a few minutes to check your home. Look at the food in your fridge and freezer. If anything looks like or smells like it has gone bad, it's safer to throw it out than risk food poisoning. Reset your electronic devices if you need to, and be sure to report the power outage to your utility company if you haven't already.

How Senior Helpers Can Assist

At Senior Helpers, we understand that power outages can be a time of stress, particularly during heat waves. That is why we offer in-home care services, including companionship, meal preparation, and even transportation, to ease the pressure during these challenging situations.

Whether it's assisting with preparing for an outage, keeping you company, or helping out after the power has been restored, we are here for you. Click here to find a Senior Helpers location near you.