When a power outage is caused by a winter storm or hurricane, you lose more than just your power. If you’re not prepared, you can lose your safety, warmth, and the ability to cook and refrigerate food. Some other household functions may be adversely affected as well.
If you live in an area that frequently experiences heavy winter storms and active hurricane seasons, it’s important to know exactly what electrical situations are your responsibility, so you can do your part in getting power restored to your home as quickly as possible.
What is the homeowner’s responsibility in the event of a power outage?
Let’s imagine it’s storming outside and you experience loss of power. The first thing you should do is determine whether or not other homes are affected. Check to see if your neighbors still have electricity. If they do, the problem could be inside your home.
Check Fuses and circuit breakers: Check your main fuses or circuit breakers to see if they have blown or tripped. If changing your fuse or resetting your circuit breakers doesn’t work, then it may be time to examine electrical supply components that are located outside.
The weatherhead: A weatherhead is a conduit that attaches to your home, usually on the roof, and allows power lines and telephone wires to run down the side of your home and feed into the meter box. If your weatherhead falls off of your house during a storm, it is your responsibility to get repaired. Call an electrician as this is not something you should do yourself.
The meter box and meter base: The meter box is the property of your electric supplier. The meter box attaches to the meter base that is mounted on the side of your house. If it becomes detached You may still have power if it becomes detached. The meter base and service risers (the enclosed casing that houses power lines coming from the weatherhead) belong to the homeowner. If the meter base becomes detached from a home during a storm, it is your responsibility to call an electrician to have it repaired.
What can a homeowner do to prepare for an extended power outage?
Having candles and flashlights on hand is always a good idea. However, in the event your experiences an extended power outage, you can avoid extended inconvenience by owning and maintaining a generator. A reliable generator can supply backup power for your routine power-supplied needs.
For all of your electrical safety needs, get in touch with Sun Electric today!