Prepared for a power outage?

BC Hydro is suggesting six easy steps to ensure you and your family are better prepared

BC Hydro

VANCOUVER – In the winter months storms hit B.C. more frequently. This increases the potential for power outages. BC Hydro is suggesting six easy steps to ensure you and your family are better prepared.

1. Know the number to call when the power goes out. To report an outage, call 1-888-POWERON or *HYDRO on your mobile phone. Automatic notification will be available through smart meters once all meters have been installed and the system is fully operational over the next year.

2. Have an emergency kit ready and easily accessible. The kit should include: flashlights, a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, a corded telephone, warm clothing and blankets, a first aid kit, non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods and a copy of your emergency preparedness plan.

3.  If there is an outage, turn off all appliances and electronics, especially electric heaters. When power is restored, power will rush to all items left in the “on” position, which can cause the system to overload and possibly cause a second outage.

4. When the power is out, turn off all lights except one inside the home and one outside. The inside light lets you know when the power is back on and the outside light lets BC Hydro crews know. In future, smart meters will automatically let BC Hydro know when the power has been restored.

5. Make note of BC Hydro’s mobile-friendly website on your smart phone. The site provides updates on when power will be restored.

6. If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 10 meters away at all times. Never go near or touch a fallen line. Report fallen power lines with the exact location to BC Hydro.

 

For more information, visit www.bchydro.com/outages.

 

 

Just Posted

Editor, The Times

Democracy is fragile, needs tending

Editor, The Times:

It seems Prince Salman blew his stack

Oh, Deer

Urban venison: a cause for concern?

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Prank pizzas delivered to B.C. mayor on election night

The fake orders happened throughout Victoria mayor’s re-election campaign

MLA to become Nanaimo’s next mayor, could weaken NDP’s grasp on power

Leonard Krog’s win will trigger a byelection when he gives up his provincial seat

Horvat nets OT winner as Canucks beat Bruins 2-1

Young Vancouver star had spirited scrap earlier in contest

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Most Read