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How to Stay Safe During Stormy Weather

school busIn the community

  • Downed powerlines may be live. Stay back at least 10 metres or 33 feet (the length of a school bus). Electricity can travel through water and the ground around powerlines. 
  • Immediately call 9-1-1 and the local electric utility to report any downed wires.
  • If a powerline lands on your vehicle, stay in the vehicle until emergency responders arrive. Exiting a vehicle in contact with a live powerline is extremely dangerous. Don’t try to help someone if their vehicle is in contact with powerlines. Stay back 10 metres or 33 feet (the length of a school bus) and tell the person to wait until emergency responders arrive.


Around your home

  • Stay warm, cozy and safe during a winter storm. Do your research before buying portable heaters and electrical blankets and ensure they bear a recognized certification mark.
  • Heavy rain or melting snow and ice can contribute to flooding. If water gets into your home, your electrical systems may be affected. If you suspect damage to your electrical system, contact a licensed electrical contractor to assess the damage and make any repairs.
  • When flood water rises above electrical outlets or power cords or is near the electrical service panel, it could be energized. Contact your local electric utility to disconnect the power immediately. 


Using a portable generator

  • Portable generators, when used correctly, can provide security and comfort during power outages. If you need to use a portable generator during a power outage, watch this video first for important safety tips.
  • Portable generators that are permanently installed into your electrical wiring must have a transfer device to protect your home and electric utility workers. The transfer device prevents generator power from flowing back into the powerlines connected to your house.
  • More information about portable generator safety.