Tacoma Power encourages windstorm preparation

The National Weather Service forecasts high winds today, so Tacoma Power has recommended that customers prepare for power outages that...

The National Weather Service forecasts high winds today, so Tacoma Power has recommended that customers prepare for power outages that could occur when wind blows branches and trees on power lines.

A few precautions Tacoma Power customers can take to help them stay safe and warm if the power goes out include:

— Report power outages by calling (253) 502-8602.

— Keep at least one corded phone handy. Most portable phones lose their signal when the power goes out, but land lines will continue to operate without power. In emergencies, cellular phone coverage can come and go.

— Use caution when using heating and lighting sources that run on gas and other flammables.

— Do not use barbecues indoors for cooking or heating.

— When using a generator, carefully follow the instructions to ensure proper use. Improperly connected generators create safety hazards inside and outside the home and present dangers to line electricians working on the electrical system.

— Keep flashlights in multiple places around the house for easy access.

— Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed and stock up on non-perishable foods.

— Have a battery-operated or wind-up radio available. Listen for power outage updates.

— Never assume a downed power line is dead. Stay as far away from a downed line as possible, and keep children and pets at a safe distance. Write down the location of the downed line and immediately call Tacoma Power at (253) 502-8602. Crews will make repairs as soon as possible.

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