What to do in the event of a power outage
- Make sure your food doesn’t perish
- Work in a coffee shop
- Crash a friend’s home
- Find a way to have fun without electricity
The best condos for sale in The Fort offer great backup electricity when the power goes out. However, not all condominiums have such a backup plan or it may still possibly fail. You never know! If you’re a tenant at such a building and there’s a power outage, don’t worry.
Be prepared, comfortable, and entertained with these tips:
Handle the Perishables
Your refrigerator and freezer are obviously useless after a while without power. It would be a waste to let the food inside spoil, so it’s always best to attend to this first (after checking if your family members are okay of course) in the event of a power outage. It doesn’t matter if you think the blackout will only last an hour or so – it’s better to be safe than sorry!
One of the things you can do is to immediately purchase a block of ice or dry ice to keep the refrigerator cold. For a freezer, 50lbs of dry ice should keep an 18ft3 freezer cold for two whole days.
Always keep the following facts in mind:
- Meat, poultry, fish, and eggs must be kept below 4°C
- Frozen food must be kept below -17°C
- A refrigerator will remain cold for up to 4 hours if kept closed while a freezer does so for 48.
If there’s food inside that doesn’t really need to stay refrigerated, remove them. This is also a good time to consume some of the things in your fridge so they won’t go bad and go to waste.
Find a Place to Work
The length of time that the power will be out can be pretty indefinite. Don’t sit around waiting if there’s work to be done! Your best bets are a coffee shop or co-working space. A coffee shop is a great option for when you need to work late at night since most of the other establishments close at 10PM. Co-working spaces, on the other hand, is a cheaper alternative since these usually have free coffee and allow you to bring in whatever food you want, and are usually open for a longer period of time. Libraries are free but you can’t eat, drink, or make noise.
Spend time with the Family
Given that you’ve taken care of the perishables and you no longer have work to do, you just take the time to enjoy the silence. Without technology as distraction, you’re free to spend time with the family or your roommates by playing cards or even just talking. Living in BGC, you’re also just a stone’s throw away from several family-friendly attractions. (Hah, that’s just one of the many perks of living at the Fort!)
Crash at a Friend’s Place
Thereare several hacks to make your condo cooler without an a/c unit. These are especially useful when it’s summer time and you have a pet. However if you simply can’t stand the heat and the boredom if you’re living alone, then call up a friend and ask if you can hang out there for awhile. Inform them if you intend to bring your pet and if you intend to stay the night. If your friend lives nearby, you might even want to politely ask if you can store some perishables there to make sure it stays preserved.
Even though our lives run efficiently on electricity nowadays, we should be able to do without. This may literally be the world telling us to just take a breather and focus on what we have in front of us – a day with friends, family, or pets. Just be sure to take care of the perishable food and you’ll be fine even when the power is gone.