MONTGOMERY, AL - With forecasters predicting snow and possibly icy precipitation in the next few days, Alabama Power is asking its customers to get prepared.
Ice storms – prolonged periods of freezing rain – can result in power interruptions and create hazardous road conditions.
Here are some tips for staying prepared and safe during wintry weather:
- Check your supplies of non-perishable foods and heating fuel and replenish if needed.
- Charge cell phones and other electronic devices before the storm.
- Have enough prescription medicine to last several days.
- Make sure you have flashlights, a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries.
- Ensure elderly family members or friends who live alone are prepared for the weather.
Should a loss of power occur:
Call Alabama Power's Automated Outage Reporting System at 1-800-888- APCO (2726). It's the fastest and most effective way to report a power outage.
Disconnect or turn off appliances that were on when the power interruption occurred. Leave a light on to know when service is restored.
If you use an electric generator, operate the unit outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area away from air intakes to the home. Keep it protected from direct exposure to rain or snow. A good location is an open shed, under a canopy or a carport. Never use a portable generator indoors or in attached garages. Never plug a generator into a household wall outlet. Power from the generator can feed back into wires outside your home, creating a threat to repair crews. Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy-duty outdoor-rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.
- Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers. Food will stay frozen in a fully loaded freezer for 36 to 48 hours if the door remains closed. If the freezer is half full, food will generally keep 24 hours.
- Stay clear from areas where repair crews are working.
- Stay away from downed lines.