Being Prepared for Winter Storm Power Failures – A Guide to Staying Comfortable

Keeping Warm during Winter Storm Power Outages

A winter storm can bring high winds, snow and ice all of which can build up on and bring down power lines and trees causing power outages that can last for several hours. The majority of household heating requires a power to properly function, so in the event of a power failure, having a safe and reliable heat source is step number one during a winter storm or power outage caused by an extreme weather event.

Your gas fireplace will continue to operate safely during a power outage so turn that baby on! If you have a wood fireplace – get a fire going!

Next, grab some big wool socks and slap those puppies on your feet. Then grab a blanket and cozy up next to the fire. Make the most out of a bad situation. Rarely are we able to disconnect from our technological lives. If the power’s out put the phone away, cozy up to the fire and live in the moment. Play board games, cards, or read a book surrounded by your friends or family. A warm heart is a happy heart!

Below are some of the top questions about power outages:

Can gas fireplaces run during a power outage?

Yes! All Regency gas fireplaces, inserts, and stoves can operate safely during a power outage. The fireplace will continue to produce radiant heat and warm up the home. If your unit has a blower it will no longer work, however, a blower is not necessary for the operation or safety of the fireplace. All our gas fireplaces have battery backups or ignition packs that are able to ignite the fireplace in case of power loss. In addition all direct vent gas fireplaces are sealed, keeping emissions out and are vented to the exterior of your home using the natural buoyancy of warm air (warm air rises) meaning no electricity is needed to safely operate your gas fireplace or gas fireplace insert.


Can Wood Fireplaces be used during a power outage?

Absolutely! Wood fireplaces are the oldest source of heat for homes pre-dating electricity by thousands of years. Although modern wood fireplaces, stoves, and inserts are a lot more technically advanced than the old wood fireplaces of yore, they still function the same way. Due to the natural buoyancy of air (warm air rises) they are able push emissions out of your home safely without electricity. Similar to gas fireplaces, wood fireplaces will produce radiant heat regardless of whether or not the blower is in operation.


Be Prepared – Always Have a Stock of Supplies

Being prepared is important. Winter ice storms, wind storms, or downed power lines can cause major delays in restoring power, therefore you may be without power for a few days – make sure you are ready! We suggest placing everything you will need in a single Rubbermaid bin or something similar and placing in a front hall closet or somewhere easy to access in the dark. Your emergency kit should contain the following:

  • Flashlights
  • AA battery powered cell phone charger
  • Fully stocked first aid kit
  • Long-burning candles
  • Box of matches or a lighter
  • Battery operated radio
  • Extra batteries for phone charger, flashlight, and fireplace battery backup
  • Cash for emergency purchases $50-$100
  • Notebook and pen
  • Bottled water  - approx. 1 gallon (4 liters) per person/day
  • Non-perishable canned and dry food – enough for 5-7 full days

How can a Regency fireplace keep you safe during a power outage?

  • All Regency gas and wood fireplaces, stoves and inserts radiate heat without electricity.
  • Fireplaces provide an additional, safe light source during power outages
  • We install battery powered receivers and/or ignition packs into all of our gas fireplace products as a back-up power supply so you can continue to enjoy instant heat at the touch of button in the event of a power outage. Some of our gas fireplaces can ignite without batteries too!
  • Our direct vent technology prevents cold air from entering your home through your chimney, even when your fireplace is not in use. By using outdoor air for combustion, direct vent technology also maintains indoor air quality and prevents warm air from escaping up your chimney.