Emergency repairs due to storm damage
With many locations across BC being impacted by extreme weather and power outages (see the BC Hydro outage map), it’s important to be aware of the procedures around emergency repairs. Here is a quick summary of the information you need to know during the winter storm season:
- If emergency repairs to electrical equipment are needed to facilitate power being restored and you are unable to obtain a permit from Technical Safety BC for whatever reason (for example, our office is closed or you are having computer issues), you may complete these repairs provided that you apply for a permit on the first business day following the emergency. View full details in our directive on emergency repairs. This provision applies to electrical contractors only, not homeowners.
- For residences, hospitals, livestock barns and essential services as deemed by the local municipality, reconnection may be authorized without a permit if the field safety representative (FSR) is satisfied that all hazards have been safety controlled or eliminated. To do this, make your declaration to BC Hydro and enter in IB-EL/GA 2015-04 in place of the permit number to indicate it is safe to restore power. See full details in our information bulletin on natural disaster protocols.
As well, please remind your clients who are experiencing power outages to use caution when using portable generators or propane-fueled stoves or lanterns as these items create carbon monoxide. Remind them to never use these items in enclosed spaces and to be alert for the signs of carbon monoxide exposure, which can include flu-like symptoms. Learn more about the risks and symptoms of carbon monoxide.
If you have any questions regarding emergency repairs during the winter storm season, please contact your local safety officer, or our contact centre. Please be aware that due to high email volumes, it may take three to five business days to receive a response.