At the best of times, a sudden power outage can be a slight annoyance. In the worst of times a power outage in BC can be a major emergency, That is why no matter what it is always best to be prepared for any situation when the power suddenly shuts off. Below, we have put together some tips and a list of items to keep on hand and ready in case of a power outage. That way, you’ll always be prepared, even if the power remains off for an extended period of time.
Before and After Power Outage
Before the Outage
Power outages can be unpredictable, which is why it is difficult to anticipate them happening. It can also be hard to know exactly how long a power outage will last in a given situation, so it is best to be well prepared for in advance. For families in BC, you can get started by establishing a plan for when the power shuts off. Keep everyone informed about what to expect and what their role will be in keeping your home and family safe during a power outage. It is always a good idea to keep a list of emergency contact numbers displayed in a prominent place like on the fridge or the back of a cupboard door. Along with standard contacts, you might want to add BC Hydro’s number (1-800 224 9376) to the list to contact them about updates on the power outage.
After the Outage
in addition to preparing for what will happen during the power outage, you should be ready for when the power comes back on. Sudden activation of your electrical systems can cause a surge in some of your power lines. This surge can actually damage some valuable electronics like your TV, computers and more. It is always a good idea to keep these items connected to a surge-protected power outlet so none of your items get damaged after the power comes back on.
A well-stocked emergency kit will contain useful items that you may require in a short or extended power outage. Some items like extra batteries, flashlights and a first aid kit may seem obvious, but they will definitely come in handy when the lights go out! You may also want to stock up on some candles and matches to add to your kit, or to keep handy around the house. Keeping some extra important medication in the kit is a good idea as well, so people don’t have to fumble around in cabinets or drawers looking for their medicine. Depending on the time of year, you may want to keep some warm blankets or clothing on hand if your heat will be off for a while. Some other helpful items include non-perishable foods, bottled water, a corded telephone and a battery-operated radio.
You should check your emergency kit at least once a year to make sure you have everything you need. Remember, batteries power levels will drop over time, so you may want to add new ones to the kit every few years. For more helpful tips, feel free to consult BC Hydro’s website or contact us for more tips.