Be Prepared for Possible Summer Outages

With continued hot weather, summer thunderstorms and an increasing risk of wildfires in our area, make sure you and your family are prepared for unexpected electrical outages this summer.

Forest and rangeland fires can cause power outages, either because fire damages electrical equipment or because service must be interrupted to ensure fire crew safety. While the average Idaho Power customer is without power less than two hours per year, some outages last several hours or even days.

Here are some important reminders about how to protect your health and home if electricity is suddenly unavailable:

  • Review preparedness tips at for a handy outage-kit checklist and information on how to avoid delays in getting your power restored.
  • Visit Idaho Power’s online outage map for current information:
  • Write down Idaho Power’s outage line, or program it into your phone in case you need to report or check the status of an outage. Call 1-800-488-6151 (toll-free) or 208-388-2323 in the Treasure Valley.
  • Have a plan for where you can escape the heat, and sign up for text alerts at so you can get updates on restoration efforts when you’re away from home.
  • Avoid opening refrigerator and freezer doors to keep food cold longer, and keep a large block of ice in the freezer.
  • Stay safe around downed power lines. Stay at least 100 feet away and contact Idaho Power immediately if you see a downed line.

Erica Shiflet
Communication Specialist