One of the critical problems faced during a power outage in winter is keeping warm. Of course, if you have a wood stove or a fireplace, this isn’t as much of an issue, provided you have firewood available.
If you don’t have either of those, there are still several things you can do to keep warm.
First, bundle up. Layers work much better than just wearing one big coat. A knit hat will do wonders for keeping you warm as much of your body heat is lost through your head. Thick socks and mittens or gloves will keep your feet and hands warm.
When feasible, have family members pair up under blankets and comforters. This is when having good quality emergency blankets will be of great benefit. They will reflect back about 90% of your body heat.
Don’t overlook pets either. Keeping dogs and cats on your lap or next to you will give you quite a bit of warmth, as well as sharing your warmth with them.
It is best to keep everyone all in one room. If you cover the windows and doorways with hanging blankets, this will keep the body heat in the room. On average, the human body gives off about the same amount of heat as a 100 watt light bulb. By trapping this heat from a few people all in one room, you’ll go far in alleviating cold conditions.
A few lit candles in the room will also give off a bit of heat, as well as keeping things from getting too dark. Just be very careful where you put the candles so as to avoid accidents.
Do NOT try using any sort of open flame larger than a candle indoors. Do NOT use a propane or other gas heater without proper ventilation. Do NOT use your gas stove for heating the room. Any of these are just asking for bad things to happen.