Wow... Power outage in the cold of winter? You never know when you might need a heat source. This "life hack" is brilliant and simple as long as you keep the necessary items on hand: Bricks, terra cotta pot, tealight candles, matches.
How big a fire risk are smart meters? A concerning story about what happened to a lot of PG&E customers here: http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/stockton/2015/03/30/stockton-crash-power-outage/70673802/ #smartmeters