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Outage Preparation & Tips

What to do in Case of Power Outages 

Keeping your power on is our number one priority. Despite our best efforts, power outages do occur for a variety of reasons including strong seasonal storms, trees, squirrels, downed power lines, equipment failure and accidents.  

 

If your power is off:

  • Check your home's breaker panel (and any outdoor disconnects) to make sure the outage is not due to a tripped breaker.

  • Call your neighbors to see if their power is off. This will help you determine if the problem exists within your home, or on our lines.

  • If you determine the problem is outside your home, call Beltrami Electric. Do not assume that others have reported the outage.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food should keep for up to 48 hours in a freezer, if the door remains closed. If the outage persists, cover your refrigerator or freezer with a blanket, make arrangements to store food at another location, or purchase dry ice.

  • Turn off all electrical appliances that were on when the power went off, especially heat pumps, air conditioners or electric heat. But leave a light on so you will know when power is restored.
     

Please be prepared for extended outages:Home Emergency Kit Graphic/Checklist

  • Make sure one of the phones in your home is not a cordless phone as these use electricity and therefore do not work during power outages

  • Use a battery powered flashlight, not candles.

  • Keep a battery operated radio handy to listen for outage information and updates.

  • Turn off all electrical equipment you were using before the power went out.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food should keep for up to 48 hours in a freezer, if the door remains closed. If the outage persists, cover your refrigerator or freezer with a blanket, make arrangements to store food at another location, or purchase dry ice.

  • Essential supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, extra supply of water, food.

  • Fill your bathtub with water for bathroom use before the storm (if you have a well).

  • Turn off and unplug your computer if you were using it. Buy a surge protector to protect the machine when power comes back on.
    Keep Food Safe: Before, During and After a Power Outage

     

Food and Water Safety before and after power outages (Click here for more information from FDA)

 

Emergency Supply Kit List (Click here to view/print)

 

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Power Outage Safety:

  • Always stay away from downed power lines. Always assume downed lines are energized even if the lines are sagging or broken. Call BEC at 1-800-955-6083 immediately to remove them.

  • Do not attempt to remove trees or limbs from lines.

  • Generators can cause a serious safety problem if improperly installed and could cause injury to utility workers and the general public.  All backup generator installations must have a transfer switch installed in accordance with the requirements of the National Electric Code. Call Beltrami Electric for more information.
     

Damage after an outage

Power outages, whether triggered by a storm, lightning, trees, animals, or vehicles hitting power poles, can damage computer equipment, TVs and other appliances in your home. These events are all out of our control and Beltrami Electric does not compensate for any damaged equipment. 

However, most homeowner's insurance policies cover losses from power interruptions caused by lightning, windstorms and other such weather. Make sure you're familiar with your policy and what is covered. Call your agent if you're not sure about your specific coverage. 

You can help protect your own equipment by unplugging it during a power outage and by installing surge protection.

 

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