Be Prepared for When the Power Goes Out
Do you know what to do when the power goes out? Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for a power blackout?
British Columbia is not only a coastal province but also a very mountainous one. That means weather patterns can change quickly and bring extreme weather conditions. Because of this, power outages are common in BC.
A power failure can occur due to a wide range of natural causes, from heavy snowfall and high winds to excessive rain and flooding. Occasionally, there are accidents that damage power poles and transformers causing a power failure. In some cases, the power outage may be local or a natural disaster could affect the power grid of an entire region of the province.
In this post, Premium Electric has prepared some helpful tips and advice on what to do in a power outage.
1. Create An Emergency Preparedness Plan for Power Outage
This is something that should be done before a power outage occurs. When the power goes out, it could be a short term outage or it could be out for a long time. It is important that everyone in your home is aware of the contingency plan. BC Hydro suggests that you prepare an emergency kit that will sustain you for up to 72 hours in the event of a power failure. Find out more about how to create an emergency preparedness plan here. If you operate a business, BC Hydro also suggests that you prepare your business for a power outage.
2. Report A Power Outage
If you have a mobile phone you can view current power outages on the BC Hydro website. Call the BC Hydro power outage phone number at 1-800-224-9376 to report a power outage. You can also text BC Hydro at *HYDRO (*49376).
3. Downed Power Line Safety
BC Hydro says, “If it’s down, it’s a danger. Stay back and dial 911.” They also recommend that you keep a safe distance from downed power lines; a minimum of 10 meters or 33 feet. For more information, see our recent blog entitled, Downed Power Line Safety Tips.
4. Disconnect Devices and Use Surge Protectors
While you wait for the power to be restored, disconnect the power to your appliances and other electrical devices to avoid a power surge once the power is restored. Our Abbotsford electricians recommend that you use surge protection devices for sensitive electronic devices.
If it is a local power outage, BC Hydro will send out a lineman to repair the problem fairly quickly. If a larger, regional power outage occurs, be prepared to wait up to 72 hours or more before your power is restored.
About Premium Electric
Along with residential and commercial electrical services, our Abbotsford electricians at Premium Electric also offer 24-hour emergency electrical services. Premium Electric’s service areas include all communities within the Fraser Vally including Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Maple Ridge, and Aldergrove.