What To Do After A Smuck Hits a Pole and Takes Out Your Electricity During a Snowstorm


1. Keep Calm but assume the worst (that power is off indefinitely)

2. Don’t believe the estimated fix time on the website. It will only upset you more when it’s pushed back repeatedly.

3. Even if it’s still light out and the house is warm, your battle against the cold starts now. Begin lighting candles to produce heat and maintain house’s warmth. More comfortable for you, safer for your pipes.

4. Make sure candles have nothing that the flame can catch nearby–give them lots of free space around flame width and height.

5. One flame produces a small amount of heat; a dozen is like a mini-fire. Safest way to do this? Get a glass bowl and fill it half-way with water, then light 10-12 tea light candles and let them float in the water. Serious heat safely delivered. I had 4 set up to keep downstairs warm late into the night.

6. Use computer, iPad, and Iphone sparingly. Once the battery is dead, it’s dead.

7. Accept that your plans for the day are derailed.

8. Realize that time moves so much slower without technology. Read. Do exercises for spine. Realize only an hour has passed. Read some more.

9. Make sure to check the candles often. At least every 20-30 minutes. Only keep candles burning on the floor of the house you are on.

10. To keep light and heat in the bathroom and kitchen safely, burn a votive candle in a holder inside the sink. No way that flame is going anywhere.

11. Don’t open the fridge or the freezer. Even to get your frozen bread–because the toaster doesn’t work. Food should stay for 24 hours if you avoid the fridge.

12. Pray the power comes on in 24 hours so you don’t burn through all your candles and lose hundreds of dollars in food.

13. Be grateful for electricity.

14. When the power comes on after midnight, cheer and then clean up all the candles.

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31 Responses to What To Do After A Smuck Hits a Pole and Takes Out Your Electricity During a Snowstorm

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I never realize how pampered I am until I lose electricity. I can’t imagine those poor folks who lost power for so long after the hurricane. My hat’s off to them.

    • Seriously. I don’t know how people live without electricity. Though I have to say it’s a lot simpler. And slower. I know. Being without electricity in the cold for days on end is beyond terrible.

      This was only 12 hours, but the frustrating part was that it was so preventable. Some smuck was driving too fast on an icy, curvy road and hit a pole and it came down across the road. 85 homes had no power because of one person’s carelessness.

  2. jmmcdowell says:

    We lost power for 2.5 days after an ice storm once. The only saving grace was that we had a gas stove and water heater. We could cook and take warm showers!

    We lost our furnace for two days in one bitter cold snap. Feeding the fireplace for that period made me appreciate what those hardy pioneers faced!

    • Ugh, that’s horrible! Oh that’s at least some comfort. Nice.

      Ouch. Seriously, when keeping warm requires more than turning a dial, it takes on so much more importance in our daily life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Cat Forsley says:

    geesh K heart …………………………..sorry u had to go through this ………………. huge hugs xxxx C

    • Thanks Cat. Luckily it was only 12 hours. But I completely killed my day. Never thought about how much of my time revolves around my computer…and electricity. ๐Ÿ™‚ Big Hugs,

      • Cat Forsley says:

        12 hours divided into tiny moments – gives me the shivers ……..
        xx Glad it wasn’t more time ….. and yeah electricity –
        well – it’s tropical in my apt right now ………… crank up the heat and dive into your imagination and you have a holiday …lol xxx
        lots of love xo

      • Cat Forsley says:

        oh yeah and thanks for the observation – a few days ago about my writing – indeed all lyrics lol ๐Ÿ™‚ You motivating K Heart xxx ๐Ÿ™‚ a little breakthru – i couldn’t have seen
        too close to my own stuff ….u know ? so Thanks xxxxxxxx xoxoxo C

        • It’s so much easier to notice things in my friends than myself. I think we’re just too close to our own. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad it helped! Happy to motivate you. You are my star cheerleader so I’m just reciprocating Miss Catherine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Pete Denton says:

    Great list, Kourtney. How many candles does it take to make toast?

    I hate it when the power goes out and you realise EVERYTHING you do requires power. Everything I do at least.

    I’m going to talk to my electricity meter now and thank it for its service ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Pete. LOL I’m not sure. I had Dad get Chinese food for dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was the worst timing too. If it goes out at night, well you can sleep. But at 2 in the afternoon, you’re kinda facing an entire to fill up. Yeah, like 99.9% of what I do requires electricity too. LOL. Me too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. berry says:

    Funny. Good advice. Ur ingenious. Love ur blog

    • Thanks Berry. It was meant to be slightly tongue in cheek and a little informative too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aw thanks. That’s wonderful to hear. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really appreciate you finding the time to read my posts and comment. It’s so much more fun to hear what a reader thinks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Elliot says:

    We use power for everything, right? We are so useless without it, that it is a big joke on its own ๐Ÿ™‚

    Fun post!

  7. 4amWriter says:

    A couple of years ago we had a major ice storm that took out the power for 6 days. My fish died, we couldn’t take showers/baths, had to buy coffee from gourmet coffee shops, and spent the day in our house wearing hats and mittens. However!! Because it was so cold outside, we were able to move all of our food out into the snow or onto the porch. Add a gas grill to the mix, and we ate least were able to eat meals without losing any of our food. A small blessing, but a blessing nonetheless.

    • Ugh that a long time to go without electricity! I’m so sorry your fish died. ๐Ÿ™ I love your cleverness in moving the food into the snow or onto the porch and using your gas grill. A serious power outage like that can be several hundreds of dollars in lost food. So glad you found a silver lining to that epic electrical outage. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Laura says:

    3 or 4 winters ago an ice storm hit Kentucky real hard, and it knocked our power out – for us for about 5 days but for rural people I dont’ even know. UGH it was a nightmare. I work at home so I lost that whole week, but I was really jealous of my husband because his company was running an emergency generator so they could keep going, so he got to get some warmth a few hours of the day (and he charged our phones while he was there). I remember about 3 days into it Pizza Hut was delivering again and I was so happy for warm food! I pretty much spent the week under 3 or 4 comforters reading by a candle. We gave up after about 4 days and went looking for a hotel that had power. It was almost impossible but we finally found one right next to a Cracker Barrel so we finally had food and shelter!

    • Wow 5 days. That horrible! I did laugh at your jealousy of your husband. Who’d think an office would sound so wonderful? Wow that’s dedication. It’s good that you tried to stick it out. Oh my goodness, Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite comfort foods. That sounds heavenly. Glad you were able to find shelter. And go you–4 days surviving without power. I’m very impressed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi Kourtney,

    We take so many things for granted in our lives. As we shift our perspective to appreciate all that we have is the moment we start living in the “here and now”. And that can be transformative.


  10. When the power goes out I like to sit and relax, play card with other people there, and break from technology. Cat told me about your blog and I’m glad I stopped by ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That sounds lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately, I was home alone for hours. By the time my dad got home from work, I was super chatty. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Aw, Cat is wonderful! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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