Tips for Planned Outages - Energy+ Inc.

Tips for Planned Outages


  • Ensure that all stove elements and ovens are turned OFF and that nothing has been placed on top of the stove.
  • Have flashlights with fresh batteries handy.
  • Minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors to maintain temperature.
  • Unplug electronic equipment before the outage begins. Televisions, computers and answering machines are sensitive to surges when the power is restored.
  • Never use charcoal or gas barbeques, camping heating equipment, or standby generators indoors. Deadly carbon monoxide gas is produced by any device fueled by natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gasoline or wood.
  • If you have a portable generator, operate it outdoors only, positioned carefully to ensure that fumes do not enter the building.
    • Generators and hot gases should be kept away from combustibles.
    • Store fuel for the generator outside in an approved container, a safe distance away from the building and generator.
    • Refuel only after shutting it down and letting it cool. Follow manufacturer's recommendations regarding use.
  • If you have medical support equipment that is dependent on electricity, be ready with your back-up plan to maintain the use of your equipment.
  • Make sure you know how to override or manually operate your garage doors.