Impacted by the power outage? Here's what you need to know
If you are one of the many individuals across BC whose power has been cut off due to the recent windstorms, here is what you need to know:
- If your power has been disconnected by your utility provider due to the storm, homeowners may be required to obtain an electrical safety check before power will be reconnected. Please contact a licensed electrical contractor to perform an electrical safety check on your electrical system, and make any necessary repairs before having power restored. You can use our Find a Contractor search tool to find one.
- Once the contractor has verified your electrical system is safe, they will contact the utility for reconnection. A permit is required for any repairs to the electrical systems.
- For emergency repairs, the utility may reconnect the service before a permit has been obtained, provided that the electrical contractor obtains the permit in accordance with this directive. Technical Safety BC will not be holding up utility connections due to missing permits in areas affected by the wind storms.
Also, please take precautions around carbon monoxide:
- If you are using a generator to provide power, ensure it is kept far from doors, windows, or other openings in your home. Never use it in a garage, near windows or any ventilation system as it poses the risk of carbon monoxide.
- Use caution when using propane cooking stoves, lanterns, etc. Never use these items in an enclosed space or as a means of heat. If you are barbecuing because you are unable to cook with your stove, ensure the barbecue is kept away from doors and windows.
- If you or your family members are feeling nauseous, dizzy or weak, it may be caused by carbon monoxide. Get into fresh air immediately and call 9-1-1.
If you have questions, please contact us.