Salem Electric’s goal is to provide members with reliable service, and we take that task seriously. We trim trees, inspect equipment, and work hard to maintain a reliable power system. Despite our best efforts, the weather is out of our control. Snow, ice, high winds, and lightning can seriously damage power equipment. Our crews work around the clock in difficult and often dangerous conditions to restore power. If the damage is severe enough, it could take hours or days to restore power. When that happens, rest assured we are working to restore your electric service as soon as possible.
As winter approaches we encourage you to be prepared during a power outage:
- Stay away from all downed power lines and assume they are energized.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed. Refrigerators keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will maintain the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that may cause damage.
- If it is safe, go to an alternate location to stay warm.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Always use generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills outdoors at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
- Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
In the event of an outage visit SalemElectric.com or our Facebook page @SalemElectricCooperative for the most up-to-date information.