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Thursday, August 11, 2011

What to do when the power goes out




You are home watching a movie with your family when they power suddenly goes out.  You scramble to check to see if you blew a fuse. They are fine.  You wonder how long it will take to restore the power.  Your children are getting frustrated because they don’t understand that the TV isn’t working because the power is gone, repeatedly asking for you to turn the TV back on so you can finish watching your Netflix movie.


You scramble and find your 3G, 3GS or 4G device.  You huddle around your gadget and attempt to watch the rest of your show while waiting for the power to return.

Movie is over, still no power. You recheck the fuse box. You now use your gadget to check your power company’s website for power outages. Three hours from now your power will be restored. Now what?

Before you stress about trying to figure out some way to entertain your kids here are some ideas to help pass the time (please do consider weather, sometimes the power goes out during terrible storms other times it just seems random):

  • Turn the sofa to face the window and watch the lightning
  • Play inside games like hide-and-seek
  • Dust off some the board games (if it’s dark find a battery powered light source, or candles)
  • Play tag outside (again consider outside weather conditions)
  • Go to the park
  • Go for a car ride for a tour around home
  • If family lives nearby, pay them a visit (they may be lost in the power outage as well!)
  • Read stories
  • Play a sport outside, such as baseball, soccer or hockey.
  • Go for a bike ride, or roller blade.

These should be some ideas to help you get your brain spinning with all the possibilities of activities that are available when the power goes out.

The power will turn back on eventually and normalcy will return, but you will have just realized how much fun it can be to live outside of electricity (for a short period of time).

Written by:

Josh Lockhart
.....is Locking Hearts Together
lockingheartstogether.blogspot.com




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