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originally posted by: crayzeed
In the UK the majority of people live in houses with the waste taken away by pipes. Just that going down would defeat most people. Flush the toilet. the problems gone. But if there was no electricity the place where the waste goes(the sewerage facilities) would not operate therefore after a couple of days the waste would be backing up to your toilet. That in itself would be a life changer.
originally posted by: crayzeed
Whoops! I forgot to add as this is a conspiracy site. What do you know? When will this happen? Do you have inside knowledge? Blah, blah, blah.
originally posted by: CranialSponge
Some advice from a Canadian who has lived through dozens of power outages in -30 celsius temps:
As soon as the power goes out:
- The first thing you need to do is run into your bathroom and fill the tub with water, and then fill every jug/bucket you have on hand from all of the sinks/taps in your house. There will still be plenty of water in the pipes running to your home.... take advantage of every drop you can get your hands on before it runs dry or the pipes freeze. Water is essential.
- Next, you need to run around the house closing every door to every room, this will close off all unused rooms. Then pick a small room that's on the opposite side of your home that the wind is blowing (a room that's facing direct winds on its exterior walls will cool off much faster). In fact, if your bathroom is in a good location, it's the perfect room to hole up in (tub full of water, toilet right there, etc).
- Make sure to keep out any drafts from exterior doors from coming into the house (ie: place a towel to cover the bottom drafty part of a door).
- In the room that you'll be staying in, hang heavy blankets over the windows and the door, this will help to contain any and all warmth in that room. Place blankets all over the floor as well. Close off any vents. Basically what you're doing is 'tenting' the room to reduce heat loss as best as possible.
- Candles are your friend. Not only do they provide a safe form of fire heat indoors, you can also set it inside a large tin can (or small metal pot) to cook on top of. Candles provide warmth, light to see, and a means to cook with. It takes what seems like forever to heat water or your food over a makeshift tin can candle stove, but it's better than nothing. A nice hot cup of tea to warm your soul....
- Grab any and all supplies/food that you will need and put them in the room with you... you want to avoid opening and closing the door to the room as much as possible. The minute you open that door, there will be some heat loss, and every bit of warmth makes a world of difference (body heat, candle heat).
- Lots of blankets, layers of warm clothing, etc.
- If you have a basement, you might want to hole up in your basement (preferably a room with a door). A basement will be warmer than your main floor due the ground providing excellent insulation all around it. Once your house starts cooling off, the main floor and any upstairs floors will actually get colder than the basement over time.
- For those of you living in an apartment or duplex or row house, you're already two steps ahead of the game because 2 or 3 sides of your home are most likely interior walls... which means less heat loss at a slower pace. Exterior walls are the enemy.
And most importantly: If you have only a few candles on hand, and very little food stocked... Then my advice would be to abandon ship and go banging on your neighbour's door and invite yourself in, because you won't last otherwise. You need food to generate body heat, and candles to provide additional radiant warmth (DO NOT burn anything else other than candles indoors !). Without those, you'll be a popsicle in no time.
It doesn't matter where you live in the world, these simple basics will give you a fighting chance of surviving in a blustery winter power outage.
originally posted by: fluff007
a reply to: nonspecific
I live in the Outer Hebrides.. We have a food cupboard that would last months, an epic peat burning stove, 27 demijohns of homemade wine and plenty of imagination - we could go all winter without power...!
It is only myself and my partner in our house.. But I reckon we could feed about 5 peeps for over 6 months.. We get power cuts every winter. The longest they last is 4 days.. It is not that scary.. Use your noggin...!