5 Ways to Stay Warm When Power is Out in the Middle Of Winter Season

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Just when you think you’ve had your winter plans all worked out, the power goes out and there’s an ice storm outside. How can you survive another bitter winter season without power? Consider these tips:

1. Seal All Openings

One of the first things you want to do during a power outage in the middle of winter is to prevent heat from escaping your home. There are many ways to do this. You can close any exterior doors, windows, or openings all around the house to preserve heat. If you have to go outside, make sure to airlock the doors so heat does not escape.

You can also block any drafts by tucking rolled out towels at the base of the doors or hang blankets over windows and doorways. In severe cases, consider moving to the basement until power is back on. Normally, basements are colder than the rest of the house but because the area is insulated, it’ll be warmer during the winter season.

2. Stay in One Room

If the power outage is extended, we recommend staying in one room rather than having family members stay in different rooms. Ideally, you want to choose the warmest area in the house. Keep all openings insulated and seal any cracks of space with duct tape. If you have Styrofoam sheets or bubble wrap, duct tape them onto the windows to preserve heat. Add a lot of pillows and blankets on the floor for insulation. The body heat you generate could also help you and the rest of the family stay warm.

3. Dress in Layers

When power’s out in the middle of winter, it’s the best time to bring out your thickest coats and layer them on. Choose woolen or thermal jackets and pair it with layered clothing underneath. Wear socks, gloves, and knitted caps to preserve body heat. Remember, the most vulnerable parts of the body during intense cold are the limbs. So bring out your thickest, warmest gloves and socks and dress in layers.

4. Keeping Warm While Sleeping

It’s hard to keep warm when you’re sleeping so make sure you wear thick headwear before retiring at night and sleep on a sleeping bag. If your sleeping bag is not enough to keep you warm, try pairing it with a wool jacket. Wool material is an excellent insulator but it does irritate the skin. If wool jackets make you itchy, try layering it with a cotton blanket — or use fleece instead. For best results, snuggle close with your loved ones. Again, body heat helps prevent the cold so share your body heat.

5. Eating to Stay Warm

As the body tries to generate heat in the bitterest of cold, it will burn off more calories than usual. Make sure you are eating the right food to stay warm. We recommend a high-calorie diet when trying to survive a power outage in the middle of winter. You could also drink hot liquids to stay warm like broth, hot chocolate, and tea. Hot drinks make great hand warmers too!


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