Springtime in Oklahoma is often associated with warmer weather, flowering plants and rain showers, but spring storms can also bring unwanted power outages.
When you see power lines on the ground following a storm, stay away, warn others to stay away and contact Central Rural Electric Cooperative. Lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be energized. Any utility wire, including telephone or cable lines, sagging or down could be in contact with an energized power line making them dangerous, so stay away from all of them.
Be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard. Things around an energized line such as chain link fences and metal culverts may also be energized.
Keep in mind that a line that’s indeed “dead” could become energized during power restoration efforts or improper use of generators.
If you are driving and come upon a downed power line, stay in your vehicle, warn others to stay away and contact emergency personnel or the electric utility. Never drive over a downed line, it could cause poles or other equipment to come crashing down.
Make preparations now for this year’s storm season by following these tips:
- Always keep a battery-powered radio, flashlights and a supply of fresh batteries handy.
- Have a supply of water and non-perishable food.
- Lightning can cause power surges and damage electronics. Keep your electronics safe by unplugging them before the storm.
- Before an outage, leave one lamp or switch on as a signal for when your power returns.
- During an outage keep your refrigerators and freezer doors closed. Food can stay good for several hours before going bad. When the power returns, use a thermometer to check food and throw away any food 40 degrees or higher.