Prepare for Winter
Tips from Rocky Mountain Power
November 23, 2006
Rocky Mountain Power, our electric utility that services customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, is urging people to do some advance preparation for winter outages.
The company, and to stay away from downed power lines from winter storms.
Storms and high winds occasionally cause weather-related power outages, and Rocky Mountain Power encourages its customers to take precautions before the next storm arrives to ease the inconvenience of outages and assist crews in restoring power. The electric utility, which serves customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, also reminds everyone to report and stay far away from any downed power lines to ensure safety.
Suggested Emergency Preparedness Kit:
Manual can opener
Battery-operated radio and clock
During a power outage
First check fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should call and report the outage to Rocky Mountain Power at 1-877-LITES OUT (1-877-548-3768).
As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers they will keep food and perishables inside cold for a longer period of time if not opened.
Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing. Add a hat and blanket to stay warm. Blankets and towels around windows and doors help keep the heat in.
Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, dont ever use charcoal in your house or garage.
Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and dont connect a generator directly to your homes main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous backfeed hazard for line crews.
Protect your pipes during freezing weather by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping so water wont freeze and crack the pipes.
Turn on your porch light when power is back in service. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on.
Safety around downed power lines
Stay far away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be electrified and extremely dangerous.
Keep others, including pets, away and report the downed line to Rocky Mountain Power at 1-888-221-7070.
Never touch a person or object that is touching a power line. Call 911 immediately if someone is in contact with a live power line or has been injured by electrical contact.
Dont drive over downed power lines.
If a power line falls across your car while you are in it, stay inside and wait for emergency personnel to cut the power. Warn others to stay away from the vehicle.
If your car is on fire and you must exit, jump - with both feet together - as far from the car as possible. Do not touch the car and the ground at the same time! Land with both feet still together and hop or shuffle with both feet touching until you are a safe distance away (at least 30 feet).
For more electrical safety information, visit www.rockymtnpower.net or call 1-800-375-7085.