ELECTRICITY & WILDFIRE PRECAUTIONS
Unfortunately, wildfires have been a regular occurrence in Washington state over the past few seasons. It is always a good idea to have an emergency preparedness plan in place should a fire ever threaten you and your property.
In an effort to increase safety and decrease fire risk, Inland Power may place its system in fire safety mode. This means that members could experience an increase in the frequency and duration of outages. This status will remain in place throughout the fire season.
By putting our system in fire safety mode, we can reduce the frequency of an object coming into contact with an energized line.
It is imperative that everyone is prepared and has a plan in place should an outage occur. There are multiple ways that you can be prepared should you find yourself in a power outage.
If you have a medical device that requires a power connection to operate, be sure you have a backup power source like a battery pack or generator. It can also be beneficial to make arrangements ahead of time to stay somewhere that has power still connected.
For those who use a well as their water source, be sure you have a backup plan to keep your well connected to power.
Ensure your First Aid kit is stocked with pain relievers, bandages and other medical essentials and make sure your prescriptions are current.
Stock your pantry with a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as canned goods, energy bars, peanut butter, powdered milk, instant coffee, water and other essentials (i.e., diapers and toiletries).
Set aside basic household items you will need, including flashlights, batteries, a manual can opener and a portable, battery-operated phone charger.
Organize emergency supplies so they are easily accessible in one location.
Be sure your car is fueled up in case you need to charge your devices in your vehicle.
In the event of a prolonged power outage, turn off major appliances, TVs, computers and other sensitive electronics. This will help avert damage from a power surge and will also help prevent overloading the circuits during power restoration. That said, do leave one light on so our you will know when power is restored. If you plan to use a small generator, make sure it’s rated to handle the amount of power you will need, and always review the manufacturer’s instructions to operate it safely.
It is also a good idea to leave a frozen cup of water in your freezer. Place a quarter of top of the ice. After power is restored, if the quarter is at the bottom of the cup, it could mean that the freezer thawed enough to spoil the food inside.
Advanced planning can reduce stress and anxiety caused by multiple or prolonged outages. At Inland Power, we recommend that you act today to ensure you are prepared should outages occur.