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What to do in the event of power outages due to a winter storm

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Stay in your car if a power line falls, but if you can get out, jump out with both feet to avoid generating an electrical charge.

OREGON – Winter weather is causing concerns in the region, especially regarding potential blackouts due to the danger of snow, high winds and low temperatures.

The electric company, Portland General Electric (PGE) explained that they have been taking steps to reduce the impact to power lines.

“We have been working all year to prepare for these situations by storing supplies, trimming trees and maintaining our system to minimize the potential for outages,” explained Cristian Salgado, PGE Community Information Advisor.

He adds that, for the next few days, they will continue to work day and night to ensure that their customers do not be without power for long, but they ask for patience.

“Right now I know it’s hard to lose power, but we are working 24 hours a day with workers to restore power, but we have to keep the safety of our workers in mind as well.”

In the event of a power failure, PGE has some recommendations for maintaining a warm home climate while the power supply is restored.

“We recommend choosing a room in your home where you can hang out and do things to insulate the windows, like put up blankets.”

Salgado also advised that, if you are going to use a light generator, that you carefully follow the instructions for the appliance.

He recommends using flashlights instead of candles, as they could start a fire.

Another recommendation is not to use propane or coal tanks to heat the home due to the dangers of carbon dioxide poisoning.

“I know it’s going to be very cold and it might sound like a good idea, possibly putting it in the garage, but those things raise the risk of that poisoning, so keep that grill out.”

If you have a fireplace, it is important not to leave the house without turning it off.

Another hazard with power outages is downed power lines – the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office suggests not touching them as this could be highly dangerous.

“If you see a power line on the ground, please keep your distance and immediately call the non-emergency number,” warned Officer Felipe Hidalgo of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

If the light cable falls on top of your car and you are inside, the recommendation is to jump out of the car with both feet and not touch the vehicle to avoid an electric shock.

PGE added that if you see a person in trouble for picking up a power cord, don’t rush to help him, as you could also end up electrocuted.

To report downed power outages, call 800-544-1795 or 503-464-7777 to report it.

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