Providing reliable electricity to your home and business is our top priority. We perform regular maintenance and other activities to prevent or reduce the impact and length of unplanned outages. From time to time it is necessary to temporarily disconnect your electricity during these brief maintenance activities to ensure the safety of you and your family.
Prepare for Power Outages in Advance
Prepare an emergency kit and place it in an area that is easily accessible to you and your family. Here's a list of emergency supplies to have in your emergency kit:
Visit the Office of Public Safety's web site. It has lots of helpful tips on preparing for all types of emergencies.
- fresh water,
- flashlights and batteries,
- battery-operated transistor radio and clock,
- cell phone,
- candles and waterproof matches or lighter,
- extra blankets, coats, hats and gloves,
- plastic garbage bags
- first aid kit,
- non-perishable foods, such as canned and dried goods,
- disposable tableware and cutlery,
- manual can openers,
- bottled water, and
- a loud whistle (this may come in handy if you have to attract attention).
If Your Electricity Goes Out
- Flick one of your lights on then to see if they are working. Look out the window and check to see if your neighborhood's electricity is on. If your neighbors have power then your breaker may have tripped or you may have blown a fuse.
- Before contacting us at 1-800-670-1012 for assistance find the answers to the following questions:
- Are your neighbors without power?
- Have you checked your main breaker?
- Do you have part power?
- Do you smell anything?
- Did you hear a loud bang inside the house or outside the house?
- Did you see a flash of light?
- Do you see a wire down or hanging low outside?
- Turn on your battery powered radio to get information about the outage.
- Unplug electrical equipment.
During a Power Outage
- Have Maritime Electric's phone number by your phone: 1-800-670-1012.
- Follow the local weather reports.
- Drain your water lines if there is a chance of water freezing.
- Put non-toxic antifreeze in your toilet sink traps and floor drains.
- Keep doors and drapes closed.
- Turn your thermostats down to the lowest setting or switch them off.
- Light your wood stove or fireplace before the house cools down.
- Don't use your camp stoves, barbecues or kerosene heaters indoors they emit poison into the air.
- Plug appliances directly into the portable generator.
- Do not enter your basement if it floods. An electricity source may have come in contact with an appliance. Call a professional electrician to disconnect your electricity. Never touch your circuit breaker or electrical outlets while standing or touching a wet surface with hands.
When Your Electricity Comes Back On
- If your basement was flooded call a professional electrician to check before turning on your power.
- Turn up your thermostat 15 minutes after the electricity is back on
- Turn off your standby heating.
- If you used antifreeze, flush your toilets, sinks and floor drains.
- Plug in your appliances 15 minutes after the electricity is back on.
- Replenish your emergency kit supplies that were used during the power outage