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Power outage: How homeowners can tackle power loss this hurricane season

Crews prepare to repair damaged power lines in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Severe thunderstorms toppled tree limbs and power lines and caused minor flooding across Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Crews prepare to repair damaged power lines in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Severe thunderstorms toppled tree limbs and power lines and caused minor flooding across Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Power outages can be disruptive and costly. Now is the time for homeowners to make sure they are prepared for the possibility of power loss before they experience severe weather and before hurricane season begins June 1. 

"Severe weather is the single leading cause of power outages in the United States. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your home and family," says Ed Del Grande, a home improvement columnist, author and TV host. 

The power experts at generator manufacturer, Kohler, have created a list of the top 10 power outage "hacks" for homeowners to include in their emergency preparedness kit.

Related: Have a backup generator? Make sure you do these 13 things

Using everyday household items, the simple tips below cover everything from maintaining fresh water supplies to keeping children entertained without electronics. Objects like bubble wrap, milk jugs and cooking oil become useful tools, helping keep a room comfortable and well-lit when the power is down.

The following printable checklist offers a variety of quick and easy ways to help keep families comfortable and safe during a power outage: 

Top 10 Power Outage Hacks by Kohler Generators

(Source: Kohler Generators)

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