Crazy ice storm blanketing the midwest, how to stay warm?

United States
January 12, 2007 11:16pm CST
I am on the very bottom of this crazy weather, but we are supposed to get a lot of ice, and then maybe some snow. I'm hoping my power stays on! My furnace chose today to act up, and not provide heat any longer. I've had the oven on today, but get nervous about doing that too much. I don't have a space heater and the weather was already nasty by the time this happened. If the roads are passable and my electricity is on we should have someone out to look at the furnace in the morning. Until then anybody have any other "warming" ideas? I'm going to be forced to leave the oven on overnight, and I don't really like that idea. I'm going to open a window just a crack to avoid carbon monoxide issues. I have 3 smaller children, we're all sleeping in the living room to keep what heat we do have. Is it safe to crack an oven open while its on? I would be up before any ones little enough to get hurt on it.
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@patootie (3593)
14 Jan 07
I'm sure it will be fine to leave the oven open .. and a very good idea to have the window open a little to provide a good air flow ... that's a must .. And as someone else said a hat will keep a lot of your body heat in .. wrap up well and cuddle each other .. perhaps you can try and make a game of it so the little ones don't feel something 'scary or different' is happening .. Could you possible even go to a neighbours until they arrive to fix your boiler .. maybe take some sleeping bags .. I'm sure they will understand and help you out .. Take care and hope the boiler is fixed asap
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• United States
14 Jan 07
The heater has been fixed! My home warranty sent a guy out yesterday and he fixed it. So we have heat again. Unfortunately we dont' have a neighbor option here as we're not in the best neighborhood, I could have gone over to my sister's but that would have meant driving. Now I'm just hoping the power holds.
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@peavey (16906)
• United States
14 Jan 07
If you shut off the rest of the house by hanging blankets or whatever you have over the doorways, it will be easier to keep one or two rooms warm. Anything that puts off heat will help. Lights, candles, hair dryers... and layer clothing, even when you sleep. Cover the windows with blankets, too (except for the one you leave open if you use the oven). Windows are like big holes in the wall and you lose more heat through them than anywhere. As to keeping yourself and the little ones warm, use hats on your heads. You lose something like 30% of heat through your head. It may sound weird, but wearing a hat will keep you warmer.
@sj_chaudhry (1537)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
we already have 2nd snow storm of the season over here in British COlumbia canada. So, situation is very worse ove rhere cause BC is not prepare for snow because it is not the usual weather of it. And the 2nd problem is the home we reside in is out of heating, so we live in hell these days. we usually turn on our electric stoves to warm our room but it does work for kitchen and the living area but bedroom still cold. so we now plan to move other house so that we'll spent our rest of the winter in peace. So in your case, your stove is gas one so it is not safe to turned it on over night. Buy electric stove for a mean time. or buy a electric ceramic heater it is really good too.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
We couldn't get out to buy anything because of the road conditions with the ice. Thanks for the answer
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@sunita64 (6470)
• India
18 Jan 07
In kashmir people use kangri a hot pot inside their clothes to stay warm at times it creates some accidents other wise it gives very good heat and keeps you warm, try to find and buy kangris.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
I think you should dance a lot, its fun, and will keep you warm =]
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