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Power outage safety tips from TCEC

Power outage safety tips from TCEC

If power goes out, take steps to protect your family and property:

  • Limit freezer and refrigerator door openings. Food will keep longer if doors remain closed. Check items for spoilage before serving. Don't cook inside with charcoal.
  • Turn off all large appliances that come on automatically, like electric water heaters and air conditioners. Make sure appliances you were using when the outage occurred, like ovens, stoves, irons or power tools are turned off.
  • When the power comes back on, give the electric system a chance to stabilize by gradually using the appliances you turned off. Use only the most essential first and wait 15 minutes on the others, including water and space heating.

Pay attention to electrical safety during outages:

  • If you use a portable generator, isolate it from our lines. Generators that are not isolated can feed back into our electrical system and possibly electrocute anyone coming in contact with those wires. If you don't have a double throw transfer switch installed, plug appliances directly into the generator using a properly sized extension cord.
  • Don't try to remove or clear trees tangled in power lines.
  • Stay away from any downed lines (no matter what type) and call TCEC or 911.
  • Do not touch a power line with any other object (brooms, boards, plastic, etc.) and do not touch any object in contact with a power line (car, tree limb, person, etc.).

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