Power outages are caused by many reasons and can occur at anytime. Outages may threaten health and safety by exposing people to the elements (cold/heat, darkness). Power outages that last for hours can also cause serious illness if spoiled food is consumed.
Massive Tri-State Power Outages (since 1985)
|Date||Area Affected||No. Without Power||Duration|
|September 2008||Entire Tri-State||600,000||5-7 days|
|January 1985||Entire Tri-State||70,000||2-3 days|
Prepare for Power Outages
- Make a preparedness kit. Periodically check that items work. Consider adding the following items for power outages:
- Extra fuses
- Food that will not require cooking, manual can opener, food thermometer
- Develop and practice a plan.
- Consider buying a generator for your home and/or business.
- Learn about food safety during power outages.
Advised Action During A Power Outage
- Check if nearby houses have power. If the outage is limited to your home, then check circuit breakers and fuses to correct the problem.
- You may lose cordless and Internet phone service during a power outage. Keep a phone on hand that does not require electricity.
- If the outage is widespread, then report it to your local energy company immediately:
- Duke Electric: 1-800-543-5599
- Duke Gas: 1-800-634-4300
- Duke Energy Outage website
- Stay away from downed power lines.
- Turn off lights and appliances to avoid circuit overload when power is restored.
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills and similar items outdoors only. Do not use your stove or oven to heat rooms.
- Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
- In hot weather, drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
- To prevent food spoilage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.