Trees, limbs or branches knocked down by wind, snow or ice.
Equipment overload when electric heaters are turned up throughout the electrical system
Animals that contact the lines
Circuit overloads within you own home. Check your fuses and breakers.
What to do first
Check the breakers or fuse box to determine if the cause of the outage is a blown fuse or tripped breaker. Look for lights on in your neighborhood to see if others are affected.
If it's not a breaker or fuse box call the electric co. Keep your account number handy.
Turn off all electrical equipment to prevent overloading the circuits in your home when power is restored.
Check on any friends and neighbors who may need help.
Keep on hand and let everyone know where the following are:
know where the fuse box is
Flashlight with extra batteries
blankets and/or sleeping bag
battery powered radio
first aid kit
In your home
Never use kerosene, or propane heaters, or charcoal
Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing.
Blankets and towels around your windows and doors help keep the heat in.
Wrap your pipes during freezing weather with insulation and leave faucets dripping so water won't freeze and crack the pipes.
Keep you freezer door closed.
- Never plug your generator into an outlet, and don’t connect a generator directly to your home’s main fuse box or circuit panel.
- To temporarily power an appliance, plug it directly into the generator.
- Use properly sized and grounded extension cords and keep cords hidden so they don’t present a tripping hazard.
- Always properly ventilate a portable generator. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly.
- Make sure that the total electric load on your generator won’t exceed the generator’s rating.