June 25, 2022

The “do’s” and “don’ts” of a power outage and high winds

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for Northumberland County this afternoon continuing into this evening.

Heavy winds are expected today with up to 120 KM/HR wind gusts which poses a threat to hydro wires with falling trees and limbs.

In the event of a power outage:

  • DON’t use a portable generator inside a garage, basement, indoors, or in a shed with the door(s) open. Keep generators away from windows as well as to not allow the fumes to enter your home.
  • DO use a portable generator OUTSIDE and run cables through a secure area.
  • DON’T neglect to conserve mobile device battery.
  • DO keep refrigerator and freezer doors CLOSED.
  • DON’T use a gas oven or stove to heat your home.
  • DO use battery powered lanterns for light.

At the same time, it is important to understand what to do in the event a tree or hydro wires fall onto or near your vehicle while on the road.

Remember…

  • ALWAYS assume the wires are live.
  • If your inside your vehicle, STAY THERE and call 9-1-1. Never leave your vehicle after coming into contact with hydro wires. If for safety reasons (your vehicle catches fire) you have to leave the vehicle remove loose clothing, jump out of your vehicle away from the vehicle with both feet touching and ensure you do not stumble. Shuffle away from the vehicle.
  • If you are NOT inside the vehicle and you witness a collision OR see hydro wires fall stay at-least 10 meters away and instruct those in nearby vehicle(s) to stay in their vehicle(s).
  • ALWAYS shuffle your feet while moving near a downed hydro wire or pole.

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