power-outage

So while I was at work, we lost power due to wind. That means heat lamps were off. That means my boy was not doing ok. But luckily, my roommate cranked up the heat when he got home and cuddled pagoda until he was ok again! If he wasn’t there, I’m not sure what would’ve happened.
Lizards like bearded dragons cannot product their own heat.
If you have your own stories like mine, or suggestions for what to do in case we lose power again, feel free to let me know!!

OTP Prompt 13

The power is out, so it’s time to actually light a fire in their fireplace. But after lighting candles and messing up the first few times, they’re out of matches.

Person A learned how to light fires without matches when they were 8 and in scouts. They can’t remember anything but insist they can do it, trying to impress Person B.

After several failed attempts, Person B decides to find/buy more matches (or lights it themselves because they actually do know how) just to get Person A to stop: Person B just wants the fire to be done with so they can finally cuddle.

Change of seasons

They say the State has never had so many power outages, not even during the legendary ice storm of ‘98 (when my parents lost power for 11 days). All I know is that I’m closing out my 4th full day of not having electricity, the generator someone loaned me so I could keep my refrigerator running died last night, and I’m sick of looking at the outage numbers for my town and not seeing them budge while others report their power has returned.

Monday morning I watched huge pine trees snap from the bedroom window in my house. One fell across my driveway; I wore a hard hat outside to try and break away enough branches to get around it until my dad could come down with his chainsaw (thank goodness for dads with chainsaws).

What am I grateful for? A gas top stove so I can cook, the wood stove to stay warm, the way Tulip is extra snuggly and purrish when the evenings are quieter and darker, easy access to plenty of water, how there’s nothing else to do but get to bed early and have a good night sleep, the way my to do list has become completely inconsequential, evenings with the farmer, whose company distracts me from my feelings of frustration.  

But it is hard and I feel a bit depressed. Regular hot showers, clean dishes, cooking normal meals (and not worrying about losing food) and a fully lit living room sound mighty nice right now. 

There are still trees hanging over the road on power lines; it is discouraging to drive to work every morning and clearly see that the power company has not been to your street yet, and to know there will be no power while the trees still hang. It’s also frustrating going to work when you haven’t had power all week.

Cross your fingers for me. 

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The motors in the panel office are designed to be run on A/C or D/C power. In fact, there are actually two motors contained in one housing: a squirrelcage A/C type, and a shunt-wound D/C motor with commutators and brushes. The A/C portion of the motor does not have a starting capacitor or shaded poles, so the motor must be started on office battery, then transferred over to 230 volt A/C.

Last night, we had a momentary power outage at the museum. Astrid and I were eating our dinner, and we noticed the lights flickered, and then went out. Emergency lights came on, and at the same time, the motors in the panel office transferred from their A/C windings to D/C. The change in pitch and tone was quite noticeable! After 5 seconds or so, the diesel generator kicked in, and A/C power was restored. Immediately, there was a satisfying *CLICK!*, as the motors transferred back to A/C. The panel switch stayed in service 100% of the time.

Having read about this, it was really interesting to see it happen. All of the motors transferred perfectly, without any blown fuses. Such a good girl <3

One time all the power in the school went out and all the other classes just hung out in the dark and goofed off. But come on, band practice is never canceled, no matter what. So of course we went outside, what else would we do? Not play? Ha, you make me laugh.

anonymous asked:

It's storming pretty hard here and I'm worried we'll lose power. If it goes out and my filter/heater go out, do you have any tips on how to keep my fish safe and healthy?

Hi, there!

Power outages with fish is definitely stressful. I went through this myself last year during Hurricane Arthur. Our betta was fine (although, sadly, some of the shrimp suffocated).

What you have to do depends on what kind of fish you have and your filters, but here are some general tips:

Before the Power Goes Out

Before the power goes out, make sure you have emergency pet supplies handy, such as:

  • Buckets of dechlorinated water set aside in case you lose water with your power
  • Blankets/towels (and bubble wrap/Styrofoam – see below for more details)
  • Mesh bags or pantyhose
  • A battery-powered aerator and batteries
  • Plenty of your basic supplies, such as fish food and water conditioner
  • Power surge protectors (to avoid frying your equipment)
  • Bottled bacteria (just in case)

Be sure to get the battery-powered aerator as quickly as possible. I tried to get an aerator before Hurricane Arthur hit last year and all of our local stores were already sold out. Just remember that there may be lots of other fishkeepers hurrying to beat you to the supplies!

If the Power Goes Out

1. Check the filters.

As soon as the power goes out, check and maintain the filters. Without a steady flow of oxygen, the beneficial bacteria in your filters will begin to die. As the bacteria dies, deadly toxins are produced and released into the water, which causes ammonia spikes. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, the excess ammonia can potentially be fatal for your fish within a matter of hours.

If you have HOB (hang on back) or canister filters, disconnect and remove the filter media immediately. Before using the filters again once the power returns, you must also clean the devices to get rid of the dead bacteria. However, biowheels can be submerged during power outages, as well as the filter media from HOB, canister, and trickle filters if placed within mesh bags or pantyhose. You’ll still need moving water, though, so continue reading to learn more about aerating during power outages.

If the power outage lasts for days, it is important to check your water parameters and do partial water changes every day to help reduce the ammonia. There are also products available, such as Seachem Stability or Tetra SafeStart, that can be used to introduce beneficial bacteria back into the tank to potentially help control the water parameters (as long as there’s still oxygen flow). However, such products are hit or miss since their introduction can cause ammonia spikes as well.

2. Aerate the water.

Although bettas have labyrinth organs that allow them to directly take oxygen from the surface, keeping the water aerated will help lessen the stress for your fish, as well as any other tank mates.

To aerate the fish tank, there are many inexpensive battery-operated aerators available at pet stores or on Amazon. The aerator will help agitate the surface and move the water around to provide dissolved oxygen. If you do not have an aerator, you can manually oxygenate your tank by scooping water in a cup or pitcher and pouring it back in for five minutes every hour (or as soon as you see your betta or tank mates gasping for air).

If you have your filter media floating in mesh or pantyhose, placing it over/by the outflow of the aerator to have water flow over it can help keep the beneficial bacteria alive. A regular sponge filter can be attached to the aerator and kept running like usual as well.

3. Maintain the temperature.

While betta fish are hardy and can typically live in temperatures ranging from 72° to 82° (although about 80° is often the most preferred), the change in temperature resulting from a power outage can be dangerous.

To help keep the water warm, the safest thing you can do is use Styrofoam or blankets to surround the aquarium and help keep the heat inside. If the water is too warm, you can open the feeding door or remove the lid to help cool the water down.

Another method you can try using is the bubble wrap method. Bubble wrap can be used to cheaply insulate your windows, so why not tanks as well?

To apply bubble wrap to your tanks, here are the steps:

  • Cut bubble wrap sheets to the dimensions of your tank.
  • Lightly spray water onto the outside glass panes with a spray bottle.
  • Press the bubble wrap to the glass with the bubble side facing in.
  • Use double-sided tape to hold the bubble wrap in place if the water isn’t enough.

According to the article linked to above, bubble wrap can be used to reduce heat loss for single-glazed windows by almost half. I haven’t personally tested how it applies to tanks, but it’s yet another method that can be layered to help keep fish warm.

An important thing to remember is that the temperature changes must be gradual. If you suddenly adjust the temperature, even by just a couple of degrees, your fish could go into shock. That is why you should never just add hot or cold water to the aquarium to adjust the temperature while the fish is present. (If you do add hot or cold water, remove the fish fish and properly acclimate it back in after the water change to prevent shock).

Once the power returns, be sure to use your heaters to gradually bring the temperature back up over the course of hours.

4. Avoid feeding the fish.

It is important to reduce or avoid feeding your betta during power outages. By feeding your fish, you will only create more waste in the water that can build to dangerous levels without proper filtration and water changes. Most bettas can typically live up to around five days or so without being fed, and especially as the cooler temperatures lower your betta’s metabolism. You should only resume regular feeding your fish once the power returns and the water parameters, including the temperature, is back to normal.

This is everything I can think of at the moment… If anyone else has any more tips, feel free to share!

Power Outage || Status

The heating all over base has been out of sorts for days. Sometimes, whole rooms would randomly be filled with steam- perms and papers have been damaged. Sometimes, the temperature would rise or drop at random.

But it took the coldest day of November even the Sinnohans remember that it took for it to finally give up the ghost.

The base is cold. Small, windowed bedrooms are colder. Everywhere feels like an icicle incarnate. Almost everybody is packed inside the largest breakroom, where emergency hot chocolate and blankets are being distributed.

The hot chocolate, of course, has a generous shot of brandy in every cup. Just for warmth’s sake. There will be a movie broadcast later, for the sake of keeping everybody together for body heat as long as humanly possible. 

Possible starters:

“I can’t believe it. Today of all days.”
“I pity the poor bastards on guard duty.”
“Are these alcoholic?”
“Hey, scoot over. You’re hogging the couch.”
“I hear there’s a movie later. Hope they didn’t pick out anything soppy.”
“Who stole all the marshmallows? Not cool.”
“GIVE BACK THE MARSHMALLOWS.”
“Any chance you wanna come back to my room later? Yeah, me neither.”
“Get a room!”
“Whoa… these cocoas are stronger than I expected.”