Power outages can be a more than a common thing depending on where you are located, and if you suffer from a chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) power outages can cause big problems. This is especially true for patients that use stationary oxygen concentrators, which require a steady flow of power to run the concentrator. On the other hand, if you have a portable oxygen concentrator you can rely on a lithium ion battery until the power is restored, but it is always smart and proactive to be prepared for the worst. Do you know how to fully prepare for an unexpected power outage? We will be discussing some preventative measures you can take that will prepare you for the unexpected.
Preparing for a Power Outage with an Oxygen Concentrator
Get in Touch with Your Oxygen Provider
If you use a home oxygen concentrator then you may want to consider purchasing a portable oxygen concentrator as well. Especially if you live in a geographical location that is known for frequent power outages due to weather. Home oxygen concentrators require a steady flow of energy to power the machine, and if the power goes out for an extended period that means precious time without your highly needed supplemental oxygen. A portable concentrator receives its power from a rechargeable lithium ion battery, the charge on the battery will be able supplement your oxygen needs until the power is fixed. Purchasing a back up generator for you home is also an extremely viable option.
Be Prepared with Batteries
Power outages due to weather often occur at the most inopportune times which is why it always smart to prepare! Contact your portable oxygen supplier and order 1 or 2 extra batteries for your portable, then you will always want to be sure they are charged and ready to go in case of an emergency power outage. You may also want to contact outside shelters and ask if they will be able to help with your oxygen situation if you are ever forced to leave home.
Contact Your Power Company
Call your local power supplier and let them know that you are a COPD patient and require supplemental oxygen which needs a constant flow of electricity to power your equipment. This way you will get priority when they are restoring power back to homes.
Food, Water, and Blankets
Not only will you want to be prepared from an oxygen standpoint, but you will want to be sure to have plenty of emergency supplies. Making sure you have a battery powered radio, flashlight, and a cordless or cell phone is a great place to start. But you will also want to have plenty of nonperishable food items, plenty of warm blankets, pillows, can opener, bottled water, and a full supply of medication. Remember a power outage can last a few hours or even a few days, so it is extremely important to be well prepared on all aspects from your health to safety.+Caleb Umstead