Be Prepared and Safe
Our region can produce some extreme weather conditions, regardless of the season. Be prepared with these tips.
Items to Have On-Hand
- Water: At least one gallon per person, per day plus some for pets
- Food: Non-perishable, especially items that don’t require cooking along with a hand-operated can opener
- Lighting: Flashlights, candles and matches
- Make sure cell phones are fully charged if outages are possible
- Communications: Have your mobile devices fully charged if outages are imminent so you can stay in the know. A battery-powered radio is also helpful. If you have a landline, use a corded phone as cordless won't work.
- Medical: First-aid kit ready with any needed medical supplies, and filled prescriptions
- Personal sanitation: Moist wipes, hand sanitizer and garbage bags
- Tools: Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Battery-powered or wind-up clock
- Extra blankets
- Backup power: Some people find it helpful to have a backup power source, such as a generator, at the ready so they can keep using essential appliances. Learn more about the types available, as well as how to prevent dangerous backfeeding, with our online Backup Power Source Guide.
During a Power Outage
- Stay away from downed power lines and warn others to do the same. Call us immediately to report downed power lines.
- Don’t touch a person or object that is in contact with a power line; the electric current could flow through you.
- Stay inside your car if it comes in contact with a power line. If you must exit the vehicle, follow the steps in the video below to remain as safe as possible.
- Turn off all appliances during an outage to avoid a circuit overload when power is restored. Leave on one lamp to know when power is restored.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. Food will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully-loaded freezer, and about 24 hours in a partially-filled freezer.
- Beware of power lines when working near the home. Keep ladders a safe distance away from overhead lines and know where underground lines are located before doing any digging.
- Home wiring that is old, overloaded or outdated can be dangerous, have it checked by a licensed electrician.
- Conduct regular safety checks in your home such as testing smoke alarms.
- Follow the manufacturer’s safety warnings when operating any type of electric appliance.
Call Before You Dig
Whether you are a homeowner or a professional contractor if you are planning a project that will involve digging call 8-1-1 to protect yourself and others from hitting underground utility lines.
As a regional provider of electricity and propane, we are strongly committed to creating a culture of safety, both for employees and the community. We offer safety programs for schools, churches, civic groups, emergency response teams, and other groups and organizations. Programs are free, adaptable for various audiences and timelines, and can be conducted in your facility or ours.
For more information or to schedule an electric or propane safety program, contact the community relations office at 800.492.5989, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.