What to Do When You Experience a Power Outage

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You don’t realise just how much we come to rely on the energy that powers our homes until it cuts out. Once the power goes, we cannot light our properties, cook our food, shower or complete our beauty regime, or entertain ourselves with television, games, and laptops. An extended outage can cause stores to close, disrupt communications and transportation, cause food spoilage, and even prevent use of medical devices. It’s not all too surprising that this can cause serious disruption to our lives and is a relatively daunting situation to face. But not to worry. Here are some steps that you can take in order to tide yourself through a power shortage as effectively as possible.

Preparation

Seeing as you can never be entirely sure when a power outage will occur, it can prove to be a relatively difficult situation to deal with. However, there are a few preparatory steps that you can take which will help to see you through the situation seamlessly if you do experience it down the line.

Invest in a Generator

The first, and perhaps most effective, step that you can take is to have a power generator installed in your home. This works as a great back up supply of energy that can simply be switched on and used as and when needed. This will quite literally allow you to carry on about your day to day tasks and business without having to wait for power to return. Make sure to have your generator installed by reliable professionals, such as Assurance Power Systems. This will give you the best chances of your generator working properly and always being something to fall back on in times of need.

Stock Up on Candles

If you do not intend to invest in a generator, there are other steps that you can take. Consider stocking up on a bag of tealights and a few lighters or boxes of matches. While these will not power your standard electrics, they can be used to light up your property when your electric lights shut out if it starts to get dark. This way, at least you will be able to find your way around your home! Just make sure that candles aren’t left lit unsupervised, as this poses a safety hazard.

Purchase a Portable Charger

You may need to get in touch with various different people when you experience a power outage. The first number that you should call is 105. This is a nationwide number that will connect you to your local electric network operator. They will be able to inform you what is happening and when power will be restored. Next, you may want to call for family or friends to let them know what’s happening. This won’t be possible without any charge on your phone. So, purchase a portable charger and ensure it is full at all times. This can then be used to boost your phone’s battery levels.

As you can see, preparation is key when it comes to dealing with a power outage. So, start taking steps to secure yourself today!

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How To Plan For A Family Road Trip

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Planning vacations when you have kids is something that many people would consider a talent in and of itself, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re planning a short trip to visit family in the next state or if you’re flying to the other side of the world, it’s definitely something that is rather stressful – especially the actual traveling part.

However, it’s not all bad and can be made less stressful when you know how to plan ahead for it, and once you have a system in place and actually get used to traveling with your children, then you won’t really notice any major difference between that and traveling on your own.

It’s also a good idea to start traveling with children when they’re as young as possible, because this really helps them get used to it and makes them less likely to be bad or anxious travelers.

The great thing about road trips as a way of traveling with your family is that it offers a setting that can include more home comforts and is less stressful because there’s no waiting around in airports or being crammed into tiny airplane seats with children who are full of energy and losing patience.

In this post, we’ve included some useful tips to help you plan for successful family road trip.

Organize The Mode Of Transport:

Over the years, road trips have gained so much popularity all over the world for their free-spirit approach to travel, but they certainly don’t have to involve being stuck in a small car for days on end with everyone fighting over what music gets played and having to stop for bathroom breaks every hour.

Of course, you may choose to take a road trip in your car, and they can absolutely be comfortable for shorter journeys, but for a bigger vacation-style road trip, then considering an RV or motor home is something a lot of people go for, and they make for a much more comfortable and enjoyable road trip.

Have Safety Checks Carried Out On The Transport:

No matter what kind of travel you do, safety should always come first, so if you’re planning a road trip, then making sure the chosen mode of transport, whether it may a car or RV is currently in good condition that meets the latest safety standards by getting it thoroughly checked before taking off on your road trip.

Have A Clear, But Flexible Plan:

Having a plan when traveling – especially with your family if that includes children is absolutely crucial, even if it’s just for your own sanity, but it’s also important to remember that you simply cannot be in control of every little thing, so having a flexible approach to your plan that leaves room for things to be changed at short notice is key to, not only helping you stay as stress free as possible, but also to having fun, because let’s be honest – vacations are supposed to be fun and not dictated by rigid rules and plans.

Choose Your Route:

The great thing about a road trip is the massive amounts of options you have available for the routes you can take and the things that lie along the way. Of course, you’re not going to be able to see everything in the country, but picking a few landmarks that you really want to visit will help you devise the best possible route. Whether you want to go for a bucket-list road trip across Route 66, or something a bit more low-key, there are certainly no shortage of amazing things to see no matter which route you choose for your road trip.

Anticipate Issues That May Arise:

It’s very rare in general life that everything goes perfectly to plan, and this is even less so the case when traveling, so although we’re certainly not suggesting that you expect bad things to happen, it’s just good sense to be aware of some common issues that may come up when traveling through the country on a road trip.

Stock Up On Supplies:

If you’re traveling in an RV, then you’ll likely have good storage and possibly even cooking facilities, so when you’re traveling from place to place you won’t have to worry about stopping every few hours for fast food. Stocking up on key supplies, such as food, water, and even gas in case you run out is always a good idea to ensure that your road trip goes as smoothly and problem-free as possible.

Get Insurance:

When traveling anywhere, it’s always highly recommended to take out travel insurance, but when going somewhere on a road-trip, then ensuring that you have the correct car insurance or insurance for your RV is crucial, not only from a legal perspective, but for safety reasons. You can discover more about the various types of auto insurance available online.

Bring Entertainment For Children:

Whilst you may be happy simply taking in the beautiful and varied scenery along the way throughout your road trip, children – especially younger ones are not so easily entertained, so making sure you bring plenty to keep them occupied during the trip is a good idea. This can include things like bringing an iPad loaded with their favorite shows and movies, board games you can all play together, or even craft sets and coloring books and will definitely go a long way to ensuring an enjoyable and relaxing road trip for everyone involved.

Bring Your Paperwork:

Simply just having insurance and a contract for your RV is not enough, you need to make sure you have them with you just in case you do get stopped and are asked to prove anything. It could also be a good idea to bring copies of passports and birth certificates as proof of identity if ever needed. Likewise, making sure you have a clean driving record with no outstanding convictions, charges or warrants is something you should absolutely take care of because this could cause major problems during your road trip if you don’t.

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