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Visit our Outage Map to check for current outages, or for information about reporting an outage.

Prepare for a Power Outage

Power outages normally don't last long. The average Idaho Power customer is without power less than two hours during an entire year. But sometimes outages can last hours or even days.

Here are several things you can do to stay safe and comfortable during an outage:

  • Have an outage kit available if the power goes out. Your kit should include the following:

  1. Matches
  2. Candles
  3. A flashlight
  4. Extra blankets
  5. A battery-powered radio
  6. Batteries
  7. Bottled water
  8. Canned and dried foods
  9. A manual can opener
  10. A wind-up clock or battery-powered clock
  11. A telephone that does not depend on electricity
  • Don’t leave candles unattended and keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
  • Turn off electric ranges or space heaters during a power outage. This will prevent the possibility of a fire if you're away from your home when power is restored.
  • Keep a large block of ice in the freezer to keep it cold longer
  • Avoid opening refrigerator and freezer doors to keep food cold longer

Avoid Delays Getting Your Power Restored

There are several things you can do to help avoid delays getting power restored:

  • Turn off all appliances, machinery and equipment in use when the power goes out, (including the furnace/air conditioner) except for one light. When this light comes on, it will be your signal power has been restored. Turning off everything else will help protect your appliances against changes in voltage that may happen if a circuit overloads when power is restored.
  • When power has been restored, wait 30 minutes, then begin turning back on home appliances and lighting in 10-minute intervals. This will help keep circuits from overloading and will help power be restored faster to everyone.

Rotational Outages

Occasionally, rotational outages—planned emergency outages—are necessary when there is a power supply shortage or when equipment fails.

Rotational outages generally last about two hours, depending on circumstances.

Learn more about rotational outages.

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