A Lesson In Doing Things When You First Think Of Them
One of the pesky little chores that I have been putting off in preparation for winter is to check my flashlights to make sure the batteries are good. But we rarely have power outages where I currently live, so I hadn't done more than plan to add it to the list soon.
Wednesday evening, I'd just gotten home from work and the grocery store. It was roughly 8 pm, cold, but not windy or stormy. I'd put the groceries away, and was getting ready to take a quick shower and settle in at the computer for a while. And the lights flickered 3 times, and everything went dark. The entire town just went dark. My phone was nearly dead, but I used the light from the screen to find the bedside flashlight. Which was dead. So was the one I keep in a drawer by the front door.
I did get a feeble light from one of those battery packs that you plug into a computer to charge so that you can charge your phone in the event of an emergency. The solar powered battery pack was dead. So, I went to bed early, and read on my Kindle -which had a 40% charge.
Turned out that a semi had taken out a power pole, and around 800 people were in the dark for about 2 hours.
I've charged the power packs, and supplied myself with fresh batteries. Today I'm changing out the batteries in the flashlights, and making a plan to keep my phone and Kindle charged up and ready. (The landlord just installed 2 new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, so those are good to go - but don't forget to check those as well!)