Be prepared for power outages

Posted 12/5/19

The snowstorms that hit Taos County over Thanksgiving week knocked down a power pole, leaving a few dozen homes in El Prado without power for a brief time on a frigid afternoon.

With winter fully underway, the potential for other outages increases. Here are a few ways to be prepared:

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Be prepared for power outages

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The snowstorms that hit Taos County over Thanksgiving week knocked down a power pole, leaving a few dozen homes in El Prado without power for a brief time on a frigid afternoon.

With winter fully underway, the potential for other outages increases. Here are a few ways to be prepared:

• Have a winter outage kit ready in your house just in case you are without power for awhile. Make sure you have snow shovels near the doors, flashlights with fresh batteries and coats, hats and gloves in a bag or box in an easy to find place. The kit should also include some nonperishable foods such as canned soups and beans. Store a couple of gallons of water in a pantry or a closet where it will not freeze.

• Solar powered walk-way lights also make great indoor lights if needed. Keep a couple in an outdoor spot near a door; if needed, bring them in and stand them up in a jar for instant, reliable light.

• Include extra medication or medical devices for people and pets in an outage kit.

• Snow and ice can accumulate and weigh down overhead power lines, causing the lines to break and fall to the ground. Do not touch downed or sagging power lines as they may be energized and dangerous.

• Do not use your oven as a source of heat.

• Plan for another location to go to in case the power is out for an extended period of time. Try to keep your gas tank more than half full in case you have to drive a distance to a new location.

• Keep your cell phone charged and, if possible, a charged portable battery on hand.

-- Staff report

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