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Oct. 3rd Planned Power Outage & How to Prepare

BC Hydro has informed us of a planned power outage affecting the Village of Telkwa on October 3rd from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This power outage is related to the previous planned outage in August that affected most of the Bulkley Valley.

For outage information:

BC Hydro has information on their website about steps you should take before and after a planned outage. They recommend that before a planned outage begins, you turn off your lights, electric heaters and major appliances to protect them during the outage. For the first hour after the power is restored, only plug in or turn on those electronics and appliances that you really need. This gives the system time to stabilize and prevents it from getting overloaded. You can learn more about planned outages on their website: www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/power-outages/planned-outages.html.

Tips and lessons learned from August’s planned outage:

We surveyed our staff about some of their tips and lessons learned in the August power outage and we are sharing them below, along with some great safety tips. We want to hear about your lessons learned and safety tips. Join the conversation on our Facebook Page, www.fb.com/village.of.telkwa.

  • Outage times are estimates and can be extended.

  • If you are on a well and don’t have access to tap water during an outage, ensure that you have enough water on hand to get through the full day.

  • Consider your options for staying warm, October mornings can be chilly.

  • Gas up your vehicle before the outage, gas pumps require power. Your nearest fuel will likely be in Houston.

  • Can you cook during the outage? Got fuel for your BBQ or camp stove, or do you need to stock up first? And remember, camp stoves are not safe for indoor use as they pose a fire hazard and can release carbon monoxide in your home. Consider preparing meals ahead that can be heated on the BBQ side burner.

  • If you don’t have a BBQ or camp stove you can safely use, you may want to prepare sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, or other easy foods that you won’t need to heat.

  • Your freezer may be cold enough to keep food frozen for the day but your fridge will only retain safe temperatures for about 4 hours. Less if the kids keep opening the door. Put your milk or other common use items from the fridge in a cooler with ice or freezer packs so they can be cold and you won’t need to open the fridge.

  • Be careful if using candles for light in the morning, keep them away from curtains, pets and small children, don’t leave them unattended.

  • Make sure you have a flashlight available for the morning, and check the batteries.

  • Take this time to test and use that generator you bought for an emergency - use it to run the fridge - do not refill a generator with fuel while it is running.

  • This is a great opportunity to test your household’s emergency preparedness. Is your emergency kit stocked? Are your supplies expired? How would your household do if the power went out for several days during a winter storm?

  • Charge your phone, and any battery pack you may need to stay connected. Don’t use up all your mobile phone data before the outage, there won’t be any wi-fi!

  • Be patient and appreciative of the staff at those stores who do remain open. They will be very busy.

  • Have a plan for your morning coffee or tea. Some of us don’t do so well without our daily caffeine fix. You could pre-make coffee or boiled water the night before and store it in a quality thermos or carafe.

  • Make it a camping adventure in your own back yard. Campfire cooking, hotdogs, smores. Power outages can be fun too!

More Resources:

BC Hydro’s Power Outage Tips:


Prepared BC Power Outage Tips:



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