UPPCO explains safety with power outages and downed power lines

MARQUETTE COUNTY — Power outages and downed power lines can be a big problem for individuals who experience them and can affect homes and individuals in many different ways.

It’s also good to know how to deal with situations involving power lines that have been knocked down and how they create a dangerous surrounding for everyday individuals.
Upper Peninsula Power Company says that if you experience any power outages or downed power lines that it is a good idea to call the services to come and take care of the problem.

“We want them to report on unsafe conditions that they might see out in the field,” explained Brett French, Vice President and Business Development and Communications for UPPCO. “We also want them to stay clear of any downed power lines or electrical equipment that they may come upon. We also want them to be patient as our crews are deployed to the troubled spots to begin the process of restarting power. So that process can go in a very efficient and timely manner.”

While during the winter power outages can also bring more problems to the table.
So it is always good to be prepared with back up plans if the power were to ever go out during that time of the year. Ways to be prepared are having an alternative heat source, such as a fireplace or kerosene space heater.

If the indoor temperature drops to 55°F or below, it is important to open your faucets slightly so they constantly drip to prevent pipes from freezing. If things do become unsustainable then alternative locations can be found through UPPCO who works closely with community based services during emergencies.

“The winter months do present other challenges for longer duration outages,” said French. “We would encourage customers to think about relocating to a warming shelter if that would become necessary. We do work with the local officials throughout the areas we serve so we make sure those centers are opened and available for that kind of a use.”

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