Be prepared for winter's wrath
Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative strives to provide you with reliable, uninterrupted electric service every day of the year, but sometimes Mother Nature creates unavoidable power outages. BDEC wants you to remain safe during severe winter weather, so consider preparing now for the possibility of power outages this winter.
Operate generator safely
If your standby electric generator has been in storage since last winter, make sure it is still operating properly – before an outage occurs. And always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on how to use your generator. Most important is the transfer switch that disconnects the farm or home from the power line and connects it to the generator. It must be a double-throw transfer switch which prevents the generator from feeding electricity back onto the power line. This protects the lineworkers who may be working to restore your service.If you have additional questions, please call your electric cooperative. We will be glad to work with you to make sure your generator is used properly.
Stay away from downed power lines
Mother Nature isn’t always kind to power lines. Winter winds, snow and ice often prove to be too much for utility poles and power lines. If you see a downed power line or utility pole, contact BDEC immediately. Do not go near the line or the pole. Just because it’s on the ground doesn’t mean it’s safe to approach.
During an outage
To prevent an overload on the system while power is being restored, take these steps:
- Turn off every inside light except one.
- Turn down your thermostat.
- If the outage lasts more than 60 minutes, turn off your electric water heater.
- Make sure your kitchen range is off, both the surface and the oven.
- Turn off all unnecessary appliances and unplug sensitive electronic equipment.
- When power comes back on, slowly switch your appliances and lights back on and gradually return your thermostat to its normal setting.