How to prepare a blackout kit

Eleanor Knight2 years ago

Don’t let a blackout catch you off-guard! With storm season fast approaching, we’ve done the research to find out exactly what you should include in your blackout kit. From torches and spare batteries to documents, snacks and a radio, read on for all you need to know about preparing an emergency blackout kit.


#1 Lighting

Torches are a great source of back-up lighting
Battery powered torch

It’s common sense that no blackout kit is complete without back-up lighting. This can include anything from wind-up and battery operated torches, to candles, lanterns and lightsticks.


#2 Radio

Wind-up radio
Wind-up radio

Be sure to pack a battery-powered, or wind-up radio, in your blackout kit. This will help you keep up-to-date with the latest local information, including weather updates and news.


#3 A First Aid Kit

First-aid kit
First-aid kit

A fully stocked first-aid kit and manual is essential to any blackout kit—after all, nobody wants to go searching for a Band-Aid in the pitch black.


#4 Power Bank

Power bank
Power bank

Having a well-charged mobile phone is a necessity for any blackout. With this in mind, invest in a power bank. These great inventions will give your mobile phone up to a day’s worth of battery power. They are a great addition for any blackout kit.


#5 Basic Tools & Supplies

Duct tape
Duct tape

In case of an emergency, it’s a good idea to stow away a few basic tools and supplies such as duct tape, plastic sheeting and a penknife. These tools could make the difference between a sealed window and a gushing waterhole.


#6 Snacks

Pack some snacks
Pack some snacks

Ensure there are no hungry bellies during a power outage by packing a healthy supply of simple snacks and easy-to-open foods such as juice boxes, chips and fruit packs.


#7 Games

Deck of cards
Deck of cards

Keep the kids entertained during a power outage, by packing a few simple games! For some easy ideas that require little-to-no equipment, read our article ‘blackout boredom busters‘!


#8 Spare Batteries

Batteries
Batteries

With batteries being an easily accessible source of back-up power, you want to make sure you have a plentiful supply of them in your blackout kit.


#9 Matches

Matches
Matches

If you’re without battery-operated appliances, be sure you have a pack of matches in your blackout kit. These can help you light candles in order to create a valuable light source, as well as start up gas-operated stoves.


#10 Important Documents

Important documents
Important documents

Blackout kits are a great place to keep all your important documents, including passports, wills, insurance policies, birth certificates and much more. Make sure all items are packed within a sealed plastic bag, and kept within arm’s reach.


Need to call a reliable Cairns electrician?


CJD Electrical

For a professional and prompt electrical service, contact the team at CJD Electrical. With more than 20 years of industry experience, this reliable Cairns’ electrician can offer safety checks, switchboard installations and electrical fittings. Other services include:

  • Restoration of power & fault finding
  • Electrical design & installation
  • Repairs & maintenance

For more information on what CJD Electrical can do for you, pick up the phone and call the team today.
Servicing: Cairns, QLD


Big Electrics Pty Ltd

For a rapid and reliable electrician, be sure to call Big Electrics. Servicing the Cairns region, the team at Big Electrics can see to all of your electrical concerns including board upgrades, maintenance and energy solutions. Other services include:

  • Smoke alarms & air conditioning
  • Power supply for events
  • Phone & data work

For more details on what this Cairns electrician can do for you, contact the team at Big Electrics today!
Servicing: Cairns, QLD


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