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Fun Things to Do During a Power Outage

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Let’s face it: power outages can be a drag. Between keeping yourself and your family entertained, cleaning out your fridge and freezer of any perishable items, and keeping your phones and computers charged, it’s tough to find the positives. Luckily, we’ve found the brighter side with these fun activities. Keep your spirits up even in the dark with these fun things to do during a power outage.

person holding small candle during power outage

Pull Out a Puzzle

A classic mainstay for power outages, puzzle kits are a great choice for whiling away a few hours. We’d recommend picking up a new puzzle with supplies before a summer storm — it’s a good way to keep yourself busy. Whether you’re looking for a puzzle for your kids or something to challenge yourself, puzzles come in all shapes and sizes. 

Fire Up the Grill

You’ve likely had to clear out your fridge in a hurry. If the weather permits, you can throw a steak and some corn on the grill and make a night of it! Might as well put some of that food to use, and it’s a great opportunity for your family to connect over dinner. 

Head Out for a Walk or a Drive

If the weather permits, and there aren’t downed power lines, a walk or a drive is a great way to pass the time. Bonus: your dog will love this suggestion! If you’ve been staring at the tv screen hoping the power will kick back in so you can catch your local news and get an idea of what’s going on, it might be time to head outside for a while. It will help clear your head to enjoy the outdoors for a while — and your dog, as we mentioned, will be very appreciative, too. 

dog holding a large stick

Talk to Your Neighbors

Take a look out the window. We’d bet at least one of your neighbors is outside their house trying to either find something to do to keep busy or hoping to hear more information about the situation from someone else. Whether you talk about when you think the power will cut back on or get to know your neighbors a little better, having a chance to connect more with your local community is never a bad thing! 

Read a Book

Another time-honored power outage tradition is cracking open that book you’ve been meaning to read. While the daylight is out, grab a book from your bookshelf and get to reading, preferably by one of our bright, airy windows so you’ve got a good source of direct light. Once nighttime is in full swing, you likely should put the book away though. Candles aren’t the best source of light for reading, though you could try a flashlight if you’re just getting to the good part! 

Time for S’mores

Once the sun’s down, and if your lights aren’t back up, your kids may need a pick-me-up. If you have a fire pit outside and the weather permits, break out ingredients for s’mores. You’ll have a happy family and sweet treats, right when you really need them. Power outages aren’t fun, but s’mores can cheer up even the grumpiest of children. It’s a great way to wind down from a stressful day. 

Storms are No Match for Us

If the power outage is related to the weather, you may be worried about possible damage associated with a storm or high winds. But with Window World of Huntsville’s high-quality durable replacement windows, doors and vinyl siding options, you’ll be able to trust in the ability of your home to withstand whatever Huntsville’s weather can throw at it. Contact us today to learn more.