Power outages

Power outages can occur anywhere, anytime, and to anyone.

How to prepare

Make an emergency plan and prepare an emergency kit so you can survive on your own for a minimum of 72 hours. 

Read tips provided by BC Hydro for planning ahead for your home or business.

What to do during a power outage

Check the BC Hydro website to see if the outage has been reported already. If not, follow the directions provided.

If you are inside when an outage occurs:

  • Listen to your local radio station on a battery-operated or wind-up radio for up-to-date information, or use your laptop or cell phone to access outage information.
  • Turn off breakers for select items, such as your computer, television, and stove, to avoid a power surge following start-up.
  • Leave a few breakers on so you will know when the power has been restored.

If you are outside when an outage occurs, stay at least 3 car lengths or 10 m away from downed power lines.

What to do after a power outage

  • Give the electrical system a chance to stabilize before turning on breakers.
  • Reset your clocks, automatic timers, and alarms.
  • Check your refrigerator and freezer. If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degrees and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.

Learn more about power outages