Stormy, winter weather increases the chance of local power outages in BC. Last year, more than 1,700 outages were caused by bad weather across the province.
BC Hydro said in a statement that it prepares for storm season year-round and crews can activate storm response plans at a moment’s notice. It is difficult to predict how much damage to the system a storm may cause and how long a power outage will last. Therefore, it’s important for customers to be prepared for an outage.
BC Hydro encourages customers to prepare by:
- Having an emergency kit ready that includes flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, warm clothing, blankets, a first-aid kit, ready-to-eat non-perishable foods and bottled water;
- Knowing what number to call if power goes out. Customers are asked to call BC Hydro at 1-888-POWERON to report an outage or a fallen power line;
- Knowing where to look for restoration times if power does go out. BC Hydro has a mobile-friendly website that includes storm-related information; and
- Learning how to keep your family safe. if you see a fallen power line, stay at least 10 metres away at all times.
For more information, visit bchydro.com/outages.