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Prepare for winter weather

Being without power is never easy. As your local electric cooperative, TCEC understands the hardship this presents and continually takes steps to increase reliability. That being said, Mother Nature is unpredictable and she hit our system hard this year. We encourage members to be prepared for the possibility of power outages. Here are some measures you can take to prepare yourself. 

Power outage preparation tips:
Prepare an emergency supply kit. See ready.gov for a checklist.

  • Purchase a generator or have an alternate location to go to if you require emergency power. 
  • Know how to keep food safe during an outage. Food safety tips are posted on www.tcec.coop.
  • Follow TCEC’s Facebook page for updates when severe weather hits, it’s accessible from www.tcec.coop.

While comfort is a concern during outages, we urge members to make safety their first priority. That’s one reason TCEC helped facilitate the Co-op Connections Generac offer for a free extended warranty through three participating dealers. Having a professional install your stationary generator can save lives, including those of lineworkers and the public. Improperly installed generators can energize lines that shouldn't be, causing a safety hazard.  

If using a portable generator, plug appliances directly into the outlet provided on the generator. Set up and run your portable generator in a well-ventilated area outside the home. Make sure it’s out and away from your garage, doors, windows and vents. The carbon monoxide generated is deadly.  Use a heavy-duty extension cord to connect electric appliances to the outlet on the generator. Start the generator first before connecting appliances. 
Visit www.tcec.coop for more information. 

Published November 30, 2017

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