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Palmetto Electric Preparing for Winter Storm

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With Tuesday and Wednesdays forecast for freezing precipitation, Palmetto Electric Cooperative is preparing for possible power outages. 

"We will have all of our crews on high alert," said G. Thomas Upshaw, president and CEO.  "In addition, we will have additional staff in both our Contact and Power Control Centers."

Palmetto is also talking with their Statewide Association to look into the availability of back-up crews from other companies. 

In the meantime, Palmetto Electric Cooperative has these suggestions to prepare in case the lights do go out:

  • Have at least one flashlight with fresh batteries and know where it is kept.  Also, have a battery-powered radio and check the batteries periodically.
  • A supply of candles, matches and a safe holder is also a good idea.  Kerosene lamps or camping lanterns may also be used, but should be placed carefully since they generate enough heat to start a fire.
  • If you know a bad storm is approaching that may result in a power outage, fill your car with gasoline.  Gasoline pumps work on electrical power which may not be available for a period after the storm.
  • Fill containers with water for use in case the power goes out.
  • Have a supply of canned goods that can be eaten without cooking, and a manual can opener to open them.
  • Make arrangements to keep firewood dry.
  • Be conscious of the weather during storm seasons.  Listen to the radio or television for current weather reports and warnings.

If the power fails:

  • Wait a few minutes and see if it comes back on, since many power outages last only a few minutes and may result from switching or normal maintenance.
  • If the lights remain out, check your circuit breaker or fuse box before reporting the outage.
  • When reporting an outage, be prepared to give your name, address and telephone number.  The utility also needs to know if your neighbor's lights are also out, if you have lights in only part of your home, if you can see lines down or if you heard a loud noise just prior to the outage.
  • One telephone call to the power company is sufficient unless, following restoration work, your neighbors are back on and only your home remains out.
  • Call "PowerTouch" to report power outages at 1-866-445-5551.
  • In an extended outage, listen to the radio for status reports dealing with affected areas and restoration activities.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. 
  • Be extremely careful with emergency cooking and heating equipment such as camp stoves and fireplaces.  Do not bring charcoal grills inside to cook on.  Charcoal fumes are poisonous in an unventilated area.
  • Turn off main breaker and unplug televisions, stereos, and other large appliances until power is restored.  
  • Stay away from fallen lines after the storm and report them to the proper authorities.  When power does go out, primary lines are fixed first, then secondary lines and finally lines into individual homes in an effort to get the greatest number of homes back on as soon as possible.
  • If you have back up power you can monitor progress on outages at www.palmetto.coop by clicking on "outage/storm center."
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