Power outages at any time during the year are bad enough, but during the winter they can become extremely dangerous and should not be taken lightly.
Here at M1&Co, we care about the safety of our customers, so we have created a list of things to help you through power outages during the winter months.
- Don't drive
If there is a big enough power outage it could take our streetlights, and with the sun setting early during winter it makes driving at night very dangerous, and not just for you but for anyone who is out at night. So when possible stay where you're until the power can be restored and then drive to where you need to be.
- Keep warm
With no power, you can't turn on your heaters or electric blankets, and during winter nights when the temperature can drop below 1 it becomes dangerous, especially for small children and the elderly. To stay warm keep all windows and doors shut as well as dress in winter clothing.
- Monitor fireplaces
For those that have wooden fireplaces, a power outage won't exactly leave you shivering but these also come with their piece of danger. When it's freezing, it's tempting to overload your fire with more wood than is required, and if that fire were to get out of control, you would have an even bigger problem on your hands.
Keeping an eye on any open fires you have and making sure they're safe may seem like a no brainer but so many fires start that way so for your safety keep an eye on it.
- Stay calm
More often than not, power will be restored within an hour, so there is no real need to panic, so staying calm and collected will help both you and your family get through it. This is especially important because panic is dangerous during situations such a this and can cause people to experience anxiety attacks, which can be extremely bad in stressful situations.
- Call your power company or a level 2 electrician
In the event that your power isn't restored, you should call your power company to see what the problem is, and if it is a significant problem then they may call in an expert, or you can call your level 2 electrician.
Level 2 electricians are trained to handle most electrical issues from small circuit breaks to power line damage, so calling them is the best move to get things fixed.
M1&Co has the most trained and experienced electricians in the Illawarra and Wollongong area who're trained to deal with any situation you have.
We offer a 24/7 service for emergencies such as extended power outages so call us anytime you have an issue on 0455 559 598, and we will help you.
No job is too big or too small for us, so don't be afraid to call if you have any kind of electrical problem you need solving.