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Be prepared for unpredictable weather this winter

While some days can be delightfully mild, others can be unforgivingly harsh: from high winds to deep freezes, blizzards to ice storms, it can be difficult to predict what Mother Nature has in store from one day to the next.

Bad weather can lead to a number of challenges that can pose safety risks, including lengthy power outages, fallen trees and downed power lines.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to protect your loved ones and your property when the winter weather becomes hazardous:

Seek regular local weather updates: Whether you get your alerts from the internet, TV, radio, apps or social media, make sure you plan your activities accordingly. We know it can be tempting to venture out, but stay inside if the forecast calls for undesirable conditions. If you’re outside when a storm hits, stay away from damaged areas and get to a safe place as soon as possible.

What to do if your power goes out: While our goal is to provide uninterrupted electrical service to you, power outages can occur due to inclement weather, vehicle accidents, animal contact, or equipment failure. You may experience a complete loss of power, or you may have partial power and notice that some of your lights or appliances may stop working.

Contact us at https://alectrautilities.com/contact-us/:

• If your power is out and your neighbours are also without power.
• If the outage just affects your home, it could be your main switch. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPAIR IT YOURSELF!
• If you are experiencing partial power, check your stove. Contact us if it is not working.

Be prepared in case of an emergency: Less than half of Canadians have a home emergency supply kit, but they’re simple to put together. Wondering what to include? Keep the essentials on hand, like flashlights with new batteries; a battery-powered radio; extra clothes and blankets; candles, candlesticks and matches; bottled water and canned food for you and your pets (aim for a three-day supply); and a manual can opener. Once prepared, store it in a dry place that’s easy to find without power. Also, make sure your home has working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level, and keep your car filled with gas in case nearby stations become inaccessible and you need to head out. Learn how to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit.

Stay clear of downed power lines: Stay at least 10 metres (33 feet) away from fallen power lines. Leave rescue and repair efforts to the experts by calling 911 immediately. If there’s electrical equipment close by, be aware: anything in contact with live wires at any distance could be energized, and touch can cause the voltage to flow. If a live wire lands on your car, only move the vehicle if possible; otherwise warn bystanders to stay clear and stay inside until emergency responders arrive on the scene. If you’re forced to abandon your vehicle, never touch it and the ground at the same time – scan the area for fallen wires, wrap your arms around yourself, keep both legs together, and jump far and clear. Learn more about Alectra powerline and car safety.

 

Lee Dapp
Contributor:

Lee Dapp,

Digital Communications Specialist, Alectra Utilities