Be Prepared for Winter Power Outages |

Be Prepared for Winter Power Outages

The first thing to do when your power goes out is check to see if your neighbors have power. If they do, the problem could be with your fuse or circuit breaker box.

A blown fuse or open circuit may indicate too many appliances operating on the same circuit at the same time. It is also possible that there is a defective electrical appliance or that there is a short circuit in the wiring system.

If the whole neighborhood is experiencing an outage, look for fallen wires, branches, trees or anything unusual. However, if the outage occurs at night, do not go outside since you run the risk of coming into contact with downed wires or tree limbs.

Power outages are rare, but it is important to be prepared in case an outage does occur. Keep the following items on hand: a flashlight equipped with good batteries, a battery-powered radio to monitor the storm and outage information, canned food, a manual can opener, and bottled drinking water.

Also, food kept in the freezer will stay frozen longer if the freezer is stocked to its capacity.

Most importantly, report all outages to Sierra Pacific Power Company immediately at (530) 544-5776.

Give the representative your name, address, nearest cross street and telephone number.

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