BC Hydro Says Recent Outages Highlight Need for Preparation

John Crawford

BC Hydro says the windstorm that knocked out power to a large area of southwestern BC last Thursday is a good example of why you should always be ready for a lengthy blackout -- especially during the winter.  

Hydro's northern BC spokesperson -- Dave Mosure -- says preparation is the key.  

"These outages are caused by factors beyond our control:  wind, lightning, motor-vehicle accidents, animals, etc and can happen at any moment, so it's important to ensure you are prepared for an outage year-round, particularly at this time of year.

"Prepare an emergency kit and store it in an easy-to-find location; check regularly to make sure the kit is well-stocked and that all equipment in it is in good working order; use surge-protectors to protect sensitive electrical equipment such as computers, DVD players and TV's;  include a battery-operated or hand-cranked flashlight in your emergency kit to avoid using candles, as they can be a fire hazard," he explained.  

[FILE PHOTO -- BC Hydro]

You should also print up a list of emergency contact numbers, since you  might not have access to electronic devices for an extended period.

Mosure says BC Hydro has put together Outage Preparedness check-lists for both home and business -- you can find the link here:  https://www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/emergency-preparation.html   

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