If your furnace went down and it is very cold outside, you may have to wait a few hours before a furnace repair technician shows up. If you have children, below are some tips on how you can keep them warm and entertained in your cold house.
Build a Fort
Let the children build a fort in your living room. This can be easily done by using some kitchen chairs with an old blanket draped over them. Spread the chairs out so the children have plenty of room. For example, put the chairs in each corner of the blanket. If you have a table, this also works well. Make sure the blankets are large enough so they drape down to the floor so heat does not escape as quick.
To make the whole room a fort and to keep everyone warm, hang up thick blankets over the doorways to trap the heat in.
Play Dress Up
Gather together some thick socks, winter hats, gloves, old winter coats, thick flannel shirts, and more. Put them into a pile in the living room, and ask the children to run to the pile, and put on as many clothes as they can. Play some fun music and ask the children to dance around after they get all dressed up.
You could turn this into a game by setting a timer and having the children put on as many clothes as they can. The one who has the most clothes on when the timer runs out wins. The prize could be something small like a piece of candy.
Gather the children together in your big bed, get a lot of thick blankets and let them watch a movie while all wrapped up together. Make it like a movie theater by serving them popcorn and other treats. If they have never been allowed to eat in bed before, this can make watching the movie even more fun. The kids could also get into sleeping bags, and you could put a hot water bottle at the end of them to help keep their feet warm.
While you are waiting for the repair technician to arrive at your home, check your furnace as it could be something simple to fix. Make sure it is set to heat, and if it is, check your circuit breaker to see if it has been tripped. If you are not sure how to do any of these things, ask the furnace repair technician, perhaps someone from a place like Lakeside Heating & A/C Inc., to show you so you will know what to do the next time your furnace goes out.