Preparing for a PLANNED OUTAGE
Keeping your lights on for daily living is MLEC's core business. To make that happen, we have a comprehensive program to maintain and upgrade the electric system. We conduct high volume work jobs throughout the year, which can result in planned outages. This allows us to work quicker and safer, while ensuring your power will be more reliable for your future.
WHEN PLANNED OUTAGES ARE SCHEDULED, MLEC HAS SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE:
- Adjust your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature possible in advance so that things can get chilled more than normal. (Just remember to return them to the normal temperature after the outage is over.) Remember, food will stay colder longer, if you keep the refrigerator closed during the outage.
- Unplug sensitive electronics such as computers and tv's.
- Charge your cell phone in advance so it has a full charge.
- Have a back-up plan for life support equipment if you have it.
- Keep a flashlight with extra batteries in a convenient place.
- If you have a landline phone, make sure you have a hard-wired device. (Cordless phones don't work without electricity.)
- Reset clocks, thermostats and other programmed equipment after power is restored.
- Inform MLEC if you have a generator and do not use it unless you're sure it was installed safely. An incorrectly installed generator can damage your property and endanger you and MLEC line workers who may be working on nearby powerlines. For more info, see Generator Safety.
MLEC is here to help. For assistance, please contact your local MLEC office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.