Power outages can happen unexpectedly, whether due to extreme weather conditions or technical issues within the electricity grid. At Peace Power, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our customers. This blog post will provide you with essential tips for staying safe and connected during power outages, so you can be prepared when the unexpected occurs.
- Create an emergency kit
A well-prepared emergency kit should contain essential items such as:
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- A battery-operated or hand-crank radio
- A first-aid kit
- Non-perishable food and bottled water
- A manual can opener
- Necessary medications
- Blankets and warm clothing
- A list of important phone numbers, including local utility contacts
- Develop an emergency plan
Establish a clear plan for your household in case of a power outage:
- Designate a safe meeting spot outside your home
- Make sure everyone knows how to safely turn off utilities like gas, water, and electricity if needed
- Discuss the location of your emergency kit and its contents
- Keep a list of important phone numbers, including Peace Power's outage and emergency contact information
- Stay informed
Monitor local news and weather reports to stay informed about potential power outages and other emergencies in your area. You can also check Peace Power's Outages and Emergencies Contact page (https://peacepower.ca/outages-and-emergencies-contact/) for up-to-date information on power outages and restoration efforts.
- Unplug sensitive appliances and electronics
To prevent potential damage from power surges when electricity is restored, unplug sensitive appliances and electronics during a power outage. Remember to keep one light switch turned on so you can easily tell when power is restored.
- Stay safe during the outage
- Use flashlights instead of candles to reduce the risk of fire
- If using a portable generator, make sure it's properly installed and operated outdoors, away from windows and doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to maintain cold temperatures for as long as possible
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to your local utility company
Being prepared for power outages is essential for maintaining safety and well-being during unexpected events. By following these tips and having a well-thought-out emergency plan, you can feel confident in your ability to stay safe and connected during a power outage. Remember to visit our Outages and Emergencies Contact page for important contact information and updates related to power outages in your area.