Although we experienced an unseasonably mild winter last year in Lakeville, there is no telling what this season will bring. It’s important to be prepared for winter weather and relate power outages.
To maintain reliable electrical service for their clients, Dakota Electric takes measures to prepare power lines and equipment for the winter weather. Trees are trimmed that threaten to fall on power lines when weighted down with ice and snow. Some power lines are designed to reduce ice accumulation.
Still, it is good to be prepared for winter weather-related outages. Here are some tips to help you:
Properly preparing for a storm outage keeps you informed and safe if you experience an outage.
- Have battery-powered radios and flashlights with fresh batteries.
- Get a cell phone or non-cordless phone. Most cordless phones will not work during outages.
- Keep Dakota Electric’s outage number in an easy-to-remember location or keep the latest copy of your phone book. You may not be able to use the Internet to get Dakota Electric’s phone number during an outage.
- If someone in your household depends on in-home life support equipment, notify Dakota Electric. Also purchase a back-up generator or make plans for a location you can go to if an outage lasts longer than you can be without power.
- Review proper generator installation guidelines.
- Update your Dakota Electric account phone number.
During a Power Outage
- Report the outage and downed power lines
- Follow proper installation guidelines if you plan to use a generator.
- Listen to WCCO 830 AM or check Dakota Electric’s website and/or Facebook page during large or prolonged outages.
- Use caution when using alternative heating, lighting and cooking sources that may increase the risk of a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Taking these simple precautions can help make you safer in your Lakeville home.
Information taken from Dakota Electric website, www.dakotaelectric.com.