If we are not aware of the outage, we ask you to report it so we may work to get power restored. You can report the outage over the phone. When you call to do so, our customer service representatives will ask the following:
- Your name, your business’ name (if applicable), address and telephone number
- The approximate time power was interrupted
- If the entire area is without power, or just your business or home
- If you saw or heard anything unusual when the power went out
- If you can see any power lines on the ground
If there are lines on the ground, stay at least 100 feet away. The lines could still be energized and dangerous.
Yes. It’s possible for neighbors to be on different feeders. A feeder is an overhead or underground electrical line that supplies power to a combination of residential and/or commercial customers within a given geographical area. Feeders do not necessarily align with streets, neighborhoods or community boundaries. Two different feeders could easily serve one street. A feeder can serve up to 2,000 customers.
On our online outage map, you can view when an outage started, the number of customers affected, the status of the outage, and an estimated restoration time. Outage conditions can change, so check the map for updates as new information is received from crews on site. You can also get this information by calling 208-388-2323 or toll-free 1-800-488-6151.
From the online outage map, you can also sign up to receive text alerts about a specific outage. Or you can sign up to receive alerts of outages at your residence through My Account.
We offer several tips for preparing for possible power outages, including what to have in a home outage kit. While it’s best to be prepared, the good news is we keep the lights on 99.972% of the time.
Areas with power outage may have traffic lights that aren’t working. That’s why we advise to keep driving to a minimum in these areas. If you do encounter traffic lights that are out, treat the intersections as four-way stops.
If you have a portable generator, never attempt to connect it to house wiring or plug it into an outlet. This could feed electricity back into Idaho Power’s utility lines and seriously injure or kill Idaho Power crews working to restore your power.
Instead, you may temporarily power an appliance during an outage by plugging it directly into the generator. Always use generators in well-ventilated areas, and make sure the total electric load on your generator won’t exceed the generator’s rating.
For additional information, check out our Using Portable Generators Safely brochure.
If you have highly sensitive equipment, have a licensed electrician install sensors designed to shut off the power supply if major changes in power occur.
You can protect other equipment (like household appliances) by unplugging them or shutting off the circuit breakers until power is restored. We suggest leaving one light on so you’ll know when power has been restored.
After power has been restored for about 10 minutes, turn equipment back on in phases by energizing one breaker or fuse (or large piece of equipment) at a time and ensuring the equipment is working before moving to the next breaker or fuse. This provides additional protection for your equipment.
By keeping the doors closed on your fridge or freezer, cool temperatures can be maintained for several hours. We also recommend keeping a large block of ice in your freezer to help keep things cold.