Don't wait, prepare now for winter power outages

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Use flashlights, not candles

From the City of Lake Forest Park

As we know from power outages experienced by area residents and businesses during recent wind- and rainstorms, it is important to be prepared for potential interruptions in power service. Reduce the inconvenience by being ready.

Before the storm:
  1. prepare and keep emergency kits handy and include, among other things, a working flashlight, glow-in-the-dark stick lights, a wind-up clock, portable radio, manual can opener, and Mylar blanket;
  2. check out what to do if there is an outage; unplug sensitive electronic equipment, like computers; know which natural gas appliances will continue to operate if there is an electrical outage (natural gas water heaters, gas log fireplaces, gas ovens and ranges);
  3. know where your main power switch is, and know how to safely reset the circuit breaker or replace a fuse.
During the storm:
  • Turn off lights and appliances.
  • Leave one light switch on so you’ll know when your power is back on.
  • Use flashlights as a light source instead of candles.
  • Never use a gas range, indoor cooker, or charcoal or gas barbecue for heating.
  • Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed and open them only when necessary.
  • Close curtains and drapes to keep the heat in.
  • Wear warm clothes in layers.
  • If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees or below, open your faucets so there is a constant drip to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • During a major storm, have a plan for locating family members in case you are not with them. Call the American Red Cross at 206-322-2345 for more information.
  • Remember that cordless telephones will not work without electricity. Have a corded or cell phone available.

For a few residents on the east side of the City, power is provided by Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Check out PSE’s electric safety and emergency preparedness information.

For most residents of the City of Lake Forest Park, power is provided by Seattle City Light (SCL). For more emergency preparedness tips and information about how SCL restores power, click here.


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