Home Preparedness – How To Prepare Your Home For Winter
Gathering non-electric sources for lighting, cooking and for warmth.
Power outages tend to be a common occurrence in our area during the winter. By being prepared, these outages, instead of being stressful and worrisome times, have created some fond memories for our family…sitting around the kitchen table playing games by candlelight, munching on cheese and crackers and sipping cups of hot cocoa that was heated on top of our wood stove which is radiating warmth throughout the room…
Some of those power outages continued for 5 days! Since most of our homes need electricity to function, being prepared for a power outage is important and can help alleviate the fear and stress that these situations can create.
A) Non-electric sources for lighting.
The following are excellent sources for non-electric lighting. Put these items in an easy to get to place, one that you will
remember and be able to find safely in the dark.
*A box of matchbooks.
*Tapered candles – This type puts out alot of light.
*Batteries for the flashlight
*Kerosene lamps or Oil lamps
*Spare kerosene or lamp oil
B) Non-electric sources for cooking
Cooking without electricity can be just like cooking while camping. A Coleman camp stove is a good investment. They are fairly inexpensive and most use the disposable propane canisters which make them convenient and less messy. One will fit on the kitchen counters nicely.
When using camp stoves in the house be sure to have a window partially open for some ventilation. When done cooking put the stove outside right away as most tend to leak propane when not in use.
DO NOT use charcoal briquettes indoors – very toxic and dangerous!
If you have a wood stove that a pot will sit safely on, then you can use it to heat pots of food and kettles of water. keep a pot of water on top of it to use for warming up washing (body or dishes) water.
*Coleman type table top cook stove
*Several spare Propane canisters, the one liter size. Or a 5 gallon size if your stove can be hooked up to it.
C) Non-electric sources for heating
If you have a wood stove installed in your home chances are you have a cord or more stacked and ready for use. Wood stoves are an excellent source of non-electric heat.
If a wood stove is not applicable to you, there are other ways to keep warm when the electricity goes out. Some ways are:
*Portable alcohol heaters
*Warm clothing – long johns under clothes, stocking caps, wool
socks, slippers, etc.
Lehman’s is a popular resource for all survival type needs. They have many different types of nonelectric appliances, solar powered items, food and water storage supplies and more. You can see their website at: http://www.lehmans.com/
With all the candles and open flames you will have operating during a power outage it is vital that you have a fire extinguisher. Mount one in a visible easy to reach place.
Let us take a hint from nature and take the time now to prepare our homes for winter.
(c)2001-2002, Kelly Frohnauer You can read more of her simple living and homeschooling
articles in the Family Homesteading Advocate at:http://www.naturalfamilyhome.com