Be prepared and stay safe when winter power outages occur
Simple tips to help people avoid inconvenience and danger
by Rocky Mountain Power
October 25, 2011
Delivering safe and dependable electric service for its customers is Rocky Mountain Power’s continual focus. Severe weather, vehicle accidents and other unpredictable situations, however, can cause power outages despite the utility’s best preparations. Customers are encouraged to take action before the next storm arrives to stay safe and avoid inconvenience during a power outage.
"Just as our employees are prepared to respond to power outages safely and quickly, we want our customers to be informed and prepared to help ensure the safety and well-being of their families," said Mike Felice, Rocky Mountain Power safety director.
Assemble an outage kit with items that will be useful in other emergency situations as well. Store these items in a water-tight container:
• Bottled water – one gallon per person per day (Most emergency preparedness experts recommend having at least a three-day supply on hand.)
• Ready-to-eat foods and manual can opener
• Battery-operated radio, clock, flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
If someone in your home is on life support equipment, be sure to have a back-up system and a plan of action for an outage.
During a power outage:
After first checking your home’s circuit breakers or fuse box, customers are encouraged to call and report a power outage toll free at 1-877-508-5088.
Important outage safety information on topics such as downed power lines, heater and generator safety and more is available online at www.rockymountainpower.net/outage. The website also provides information about current power outages affecting 500 or more customers.
"Staying away from downed power lines, acting quickly to keep others out of the area, and immediately notifying Rocky Mountain Power or emergency responders can prevent serious injury and save lives," said Felice.
For other electrical safety information, visit www.rockymountainpower.net/safety or call toll free at 1-800-375-7085.