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Posted on: January 14, 2020

Puget Sound Energey Provides a Winter Storm Alert

Forwarded on behalf of Puget Sound Energy

The National Weather Service is monitoring another round of snow and wind for our region expected Wednesday – Thursday. This next system will likely bring strong winds (up to 50 mph) to the Cascade Foothills. High winds coupled with heavy, wet snow could cause tree damage and additional power outages.

Couple items of note:

We prepare our electric system for storms year-round, including trimming trees and completing electric reliability projects to strengthen our system.

As we prepare for storm conditions, we encourage our customers to do the same:

  • Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights and food
  • Have a battery-powered radio ready to go
  • Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out
  • Avoid opening and closing refrigerators and freezers more often than necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for up to 12 hours.
  • Turn off lights and unplug all appliances and sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers, to prevent an overload on your circuits when electric service is restored. Leave one light on to let you know when service returns.
  • Download the myPSE app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit pse.com/outagemap

Stay safe during storms:

  • Never touch downed power lines because they might be energized. Stay at least 35 feet away from any downed line and call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.
  • Do not use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors. Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating source. This can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
  • If you choose to use a portable home generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe operation of the generator. Do not operate generators indoors or in enclosed spaces to avoid the build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
  • Always use flashlights instead of candles.

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