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How to Prepare for Power Outages and Power Failures

Mar 7, 2017 | Electrical Safety, Electrical Tips

With many parts of British Columbia receiving record-breaking amounts of snow and extreme weather conditions this winter, reviewing some proper power outage protocols and safety measures is essential. Although most power outages only last a few hours, it is always important to be adequately prepared for outages lasting longer. The licensed electricians at Expert Electric have put together some helpful tips on preparing for power outages and failures.

Make a plan

Before a power outage or failure occurs, it is essential to have a plan that everyone in your home is familiar with. The plan does not have to be overly complicated. Still, it should address some of the most essential protocols and information, such as the location of an emergency kit and additional supplies such as candles and food.

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Purchase an emergency kit.

Having an emergency kit for power outages and power failures is critical. There are many different types of emergency kits on the market. Many people also choose to build their emergency kits, which is fine as long as they include the essentials. BC Hydro recommends including some of the following items in an emergency safety kit:

  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Emergency contact phone numbers
  • Blankets
  • Non-perishable foods.

It is important to remember that these items are only the basics. The amount or volume of each item depends on how many people live in the household at the time of the power outage or power failure.

Proper power outage procedures

When a power outage occurs in British Columbia, the licensed electricians at Expert Electric recommend checking the BC Hydro website as soon as possible to determine the size and scale of the outage. If it appears as though BC Hydro is not aware of the outage, they can be notified directly at 1 800 BCHYDRO. Once you have a better understanding of the potential duration of the power outage, it is much easier to determine whether or not your emergency kit will need to be used. During power outages, keeping refrigerator and freezer doors closed at all times is a good idea to prolong their temperatures.

How to Prepare for Power Outages and Power Failures

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Standby emergency generators for power outages

Installing a standby emergency generator is one of the best ways to prepare for a power outage or failure. It will allow you to power all your home’s appliances during a power outage and keep your home at a preferred temperature. There are many different types of emergency generators available. If you want to install a standby emergency generator in your home, talk to the professionals at Expert Electric first.

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