CTEC offers winter weather preparation tips
When temperatures drop and storms roll in, it can be challenging to stay safe and warm, according to Central Texas Electric Co-op.
CTEC offers the following tips to stay prepared and safe.
“Ice can lead to downed power lines, leaving co-op members without power,” a spokesman said. “During extremely low temperatures, this can be dangerous. During a power outage, our crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself.”
• Stay warm — Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage.
“These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using, and never leave the heating source unattended,” the spokesman said. “If you are using gasoline-, propane- or natural gas- burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors.”
Remember that fuel and wood-burning sources of heat should always be properly ventilated. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using, the spokesman said.
• Stay fed — The Centers for Disease Control recommends having several days’ supply of food on hand that does not need to be cooked.
Crackers, cereal, canned goods and bread are good options, according to the spokesman.
Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage. Also, freezing temperatures often cause water pipes to burst.
“Remember to insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic,” the spokesman said.
CTEC also suggests to allow faucets to drip during extreme cold to avoid frozen pipes.
• Stay safe — When an outage occurs, it could mean power lines are down.
“It is best not to travel during winter storms, but if you must, bring a survival kit along, and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, always assume they are energized,” the spokesman said.
Stay as far away from the downed lines as possible, and report the situation to dispatchers by calling 1-800-900-2832, or call 911.
“Winter weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, and planning ahead can make all the difference,” the spokesman said. “Central Texas Electric Cooperative is ready for what Mother Nature has in store, and we want you to be ready, too.”
For more winter safety tips, visit ctec.coop.