Safety Tips and Steps to Take During a Power Outage

Power outages are never fun; however, they are a fact of life that every utility customer will have to endure due to weather and unforeseen even. In the event of an outage many people start to ask what should you do when your power goes out? Who should you call to report an outage? How long will your food last in the refrigerator and freezer? Below, are some tips and answers to a few of the most common questions.

BE PREPARED

  • Quickly look out the window, check with your neighbors, street lights, etc. to see if the outage is isolated to your house.
  • Check the circuit breakers or fuses in your home. Make sure all breakers are in the “on” position, but if a breaker tripped, it would have moved to the “off” side.
  • If all breakers are in the “on” position and you still do not have power, call our office at 270-247-4661 during normal business hours or 270-247-3531 after hours.
  • Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Have a supply of water and nonperishable food
  • Keep some extra cash on hand.
  • Turn off and unplug electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances or electronics you may have been using.
  • Stay comfortable- during hot summer days stay cool indoors and be sure to drink plenty of fluids and keep outside door openings to a minimum. In the cold winter days be sure to dress in layers and cover drafty windows and doors.
  • Keep food cold- Do not open the refrigerator or freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold enough for a short outage. A full freezer will hold up for about 48 hours where as a half full freezer will hold for approximately 24 hours.
  • Always assume down power lines are energized and call 911.

Holiday Light Safety

christmas-lightsThe U.S. Safety Commission recommends the following guidelines when decorating with lights this Holiday Season :

  • Only use lights that have been tested for safety. These lights can be identified by a label from an independent testing laboratory.
  • Check both new and old lights for broken or cracked sockets, bare wires, or loose connections.
  • Outdoor lights should be fastened securely to trees, houses, walls or other support to protect them from wind damage.
  • No more than three standard-size sets of lights should be used per one extension cord.
  • Turn off all lights before you go to bed or leave the house.
  • NEVER use electric lights on metallic trees.
 

Tool Safety

Stay Safe Around Electrical Equipment

These hints from the experts at the National Electrical Safety Foundation may help you stay safe around electrical equipment.

  • Never remove the third prong of a three-prong plug. Convert two-pronged outlets using an adapter with a ground tab.
  • When working outdoors, use only weather-resistant heavy gauge extension cords marked "for outdoor use."
  • Keep outdoor outlets and electrical products covered and dry between uses.
  • If an electrical products falls into a pool or pond, unplug it before you reach into the water.
  • Turn off electrical products if a cord overheats.  Be sure amperage ratings for outdoor extension cards are higher than those of the electrical product with which they're used.
 

Kite Safety

5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 Lift Off

Windy spring days are perfect for sending a kite into orbit.  Before lift-off be sure to count down a few simple rules.

  • Always fly kites in open areas, away from power lines.  If your kite does become entangled in a power line, leave it and call us.
  • Always fly kites made of wood, paper, or plastic.  Never use metal when making a kite.
  • Never fly a kite in wet or stormy weather.

Blast off to a great summer of kite flying and launch a safe experience too!

 

Around the House

Electrical Safety Around the House

  • Never operate an electrical appliance while touching a metal object, standing on a wet surface, or near bathtubs or pools.
  • Never insert a metal object into an appliance.

  • Always unplug appliances before cleaning and when not in use.

  • Keep motors free from dust and lint.

  • Teach children not to play with cords or outlets.  Cover unused outlets with plastic safety caps.

  • If an appliance smokes, sparks, or gives a shock at any time, unplug it and call a service person to repair it before using it again.