Monsoon preps for the pending blackouts

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 6:12pm

EL PASO- The North American Monsoon means rain for the Borderland. It could also mean a few power outages for El Paso Electric customers.

The heavy rain, the wind, and lightning are just some of the causes of power disruptions to customers of El Paso Electric during a thunderstorm. If your lights are flickering, you're lucky because that means all of the safety mechanisms are working and power is still flowing. If the lights go out, then you know there's a problem.

El Paso Electric may not know there's a problem, so if you are in a safe place, make a call to their outage and problem line. In Texas the number is 915-877-3400. In New Mexico, call 575-523-7591. If you are comfortable, you can also check your home's fuse box to determine if the outage is a single outage or a bigger problem.

Every spring, crews head out to inspect the lines and poles and do a little house cleaning around utility boxes and transformers. Customers can get ready by having an emergency kit that includes flashlights, battery-powered or wind-up alarm clock, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a manual can opener and first-aid kit. 

Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer doors. A full, unopened freezer should keep food frozen up to 48 hours. Food should stay cold in an unopened refrigerator for 24 hours. Disconnect appliances that would go on automatically when power is restored or that may become damaged due to voltage irregularities. These appliances include computers, VCRs, televisions, stereos, and answering machines. Candles can be fire hazards. Never place them near flammable materials and never leave them unattended.

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