With temperatures rising and fireworks season at its peak, now is a great time to ensure you and your family are prepared for fire-related 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 hours or even days.
In an emergency, know how to protect your health and home if electricity is suddenly unavailable. Here are some important reminders:
- Review preparedness tips at idahopower.com for a handy outage kit checklist and information on how to avoid delays in getting your power restored.
- Visit Idaho Power’s online Outage Center at idahopower.com/outage.
- 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.
- Practice safety and observe rules and boundaries when using fireworks, campfires and other flammable materials. We all play a role in preventing wildfires and fire-related outages.