Power Outages

During an extended power outage, you may be without light, heat and hot water. Planning in advance for this possibility is important, so be prepared to be on your own for a minimum of 72 hours by developing a household plan, putting together your emergency kit and connecting with your neighbours.

Power Outage Preparedness

  • Have a battery-operated radio and listen to your local station for warnings, advice and instructions
  • Stow flashlights around the house and remember to have extra batteries on hand. Other safe lighting options include glow sticks, crank-flashlights, headlamps and battery-operated lanterns
  • Consider a home generator during extended power outages, as long as it’s used in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and never operated indoors
  • Fireplaces, woodstoves, barbecues and camp stoves can be used for emergency cooking, just don’t use the last two indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide build-up

For more information on preparing for and safety during a power outage, visit BChydro and FortisBC.