Prepare Your Home Now in Case of Winter Outages

With colder weather here, Idaho Power says it’s a good time to prepare your home in case of weather-related outages.

Although the energy company’s average customer is without power for fewer than three hours per year, heavy snow on lines or strong winds can cause longer outages. That’s why Idaho Power is sharing ways to prepare for whatever nature throws your way:

  • Gather an outage kit with items like blankets, flashlights, and non-perishable foods, and plan for any unique medical needs.
  • Keep a large block of ice in your freezer to keep foods cold longer in case the power goes out.
  • Learn how to manually open security gates and garage doors.
  • If your power goes out and you’re using a portable generator, operate it in open or well-ventilated areas and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Download the Idaho Power mobile app to track your outage’s restoration status and sign up for alerts.

To report an outage in the Treasure Valley, call 208-388-2323. Outside the Treasure Valley, call 1-800-488-6151

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Maria Willacy
Communications Specialist