Being prepared for a power outage is important, especially during weather related outages where damage can be widespread and repairs may be complex. It is a good idea to have a plan in place.
Here are some important things to consider:
- If a member of your household is dependent on electricity for life support, be sure to have portable oxygen tanks, backup power and/or a temporary relocation plan.
- Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
- Outage kits should be kept in an accessible location, and should provide for basic needs. Items should include: battery powered flashlight(s), portable radio, extra batteries, battery powered alarm clock, dry and warm clothing, sleeping bags and/or blankets, bottled water, foods which can be consumed with little to no preparation and a phone that does not need electricity to work.
- Treat any downed line as if it is live. Keep away from downed power lines and debris that is resting on a power line. Report the line to Hendricks Power at (317) 745-5473 and call 911 if emergency personnel are needed.
- If power goes out, turn off all electrical applicances except one light so you'll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.
- If using a generator, read and follow the owner's manual before starting it. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.
- Never use grills inside garages, sheds, or other buildings as the fumes can be poisonous.