Are You Prepared For Winter Storms?
Snow and ice storms are a part of the winter that can lead to downed power lines and outages. Follow these tips to stay safe should you find yourself in the dark after a severe winter event:
- Never touch a fallen power line. Assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged, even if it’s not jumping or sparking. Call Linn County REC to report it immediately.
- Use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using, and never leave the heating source unattended.
- Fuel and wood burning heating sources should always be properly vented. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions
- Make sure carbon monoxide detectors/smoke detectors are working properly.
- If you use a portable generator to power a heating source, be sure the generator is located outside your house for proper ventilation. Follow manufacturer’s directions for operating the generator.
- Always have a corded or cellular phone in your home. Cordless phones will not work during a power outage.
- Keep a battery operated flashlight, radio, clock, and extra batteries on hand.
- Unplug sensitive electronic equipment and as many appliances as possible. This will prevent damage from a power surge that may occur during power restoration.
When an extensive outage occurs, Linn County REC enables its automated phone outage system. This allows us to track the outages and helps prioritize restoration efforts. When you call, enter the telephone number of the Linn County REC account where the outage is occurring, NOT the cell phone or other phone number you are calling from.