Are You Prepared for Friday’s Winter Weather?
Jan. 21, 2022 | 12:15 pm Update
Current forecasts are predicting a wintery-mix in our area Friday and Saturday. PWC is prepared to respond to possible power outages if necessary. Please remember, should we experience heavy precipitation, it has the potential to cause outages due to the weight they create on tree limbs, which can break or sag onto power lines.
Depending on the severity of the weather conditions, outage restoration times can be unpredictable. Please prepare early just in case you are without power for an extended amount of time.
- Have an adequate supply of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, medicines, baby, and pet supplies on hand.
- Fully charge all devices.
- Visit PWC’s Storm Central webpage for important phone numbers, links to information, and resources to help you weather the storm, and more.
Tips for weathering winter ….
- Sign up for Outage Notifications before inclement weather begins in our area. Signing up is free and easy – login to PWC’s Online Account Manager and select “Electric Outage Notifications.” Customers who choose to enroll will receive notifications via text and/or email when outages begin and when power is restored in their area. If necessary, report powers outage by calling PWC’s automated system at 1-877-OUR-PWC1.
- Visit PWC’s Electric Outage map. Estimated restoration times will populate on the map that updates every 10 minutes. The most up-to-date information will be available at faypwc.com and on PWC social media channels, including NextDoor.
- Safety is a top priority. If extended outages occur and you plan to use a generator during a power outage, please remember to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions to keep your family safe. Only operate generators outdoors, never inside to avoid the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. Click here for more generator safety tips.
- Water lines should be protected during low temperatures. This can be done by checking around your home for locations where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. We also recommend locating your master water shutoff valve so you know where it is if you do have a pipe break. It may be near the water heater or the washing machine. More likely it is where the water service pipe enters the house from the street. If a pipe bursts anywhere in the house – kitchen, bath, basement or crawl space – this valve turns it off. Click here for more tips on preventing and thawing frozen pipes.
- Protect your irrigation system’s backflow prevention device. These are typically located in your front yard and have a white box-like cover. Insulate the inside of the cover and protect the pipes by wrapping/taping insulation, newspaper, a blanket or even a pool noodle around the pipes to prevent freezing. Click here for more backflow prevention protection tips.
- Have a plumber’s telephone number handy. Write it down before you need it in an emergency. PWC maintains a List of Local, Licensed Plumbers on our website for your reference.
Try out the TempTracker 365™ tool to see weather trends in our area. You can use this tool to create monthly calendars with historical weather data and identify which days, weeks, or months were extremely hot or cold, causing heating and cooling systems to run longer.