Message from Puget Sound Energy Regarding Storm Prep

Posted on February 8, 2019


As you are likely aware by now (especially if you’ve tried to go grocery shopping in the last 24 hours), the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and a high wind watch for portions of our service area from 12:00pm Fri., Feb. 8 through 4:00pm Sat., Feb. 9 (with the heaviest snowfall between 3:00pm and 10:00pm today).

  • We’re closely watching the forecast, including receiving briefings from the National Weather Service, so we can be ready to respond to any power outages as a result of the storm. Our crews are ready to deploy with assignments when outages occur and as soon as it’s safe to do so.

 

  • As we prepare for storm conditions, we encourage our customers to do the same:

 

    • Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights, food and blankets
    • Have a battery-powered radio ready to go
    • Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out
    • Download the PSE mobile outage app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit https://www.pse.com/outage/outage-map

 

  • Safety first:
    • Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.
    • Do not use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors. Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating source. This can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
    • If you choose to use a portable home generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe operation of the generator. Do not operate generators indoors or in enclosed spaces to avoid the buildup of carbon monoxide.
    • If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
    • Always use flashlights instead of candles.

 

Please encourage your residents to report outages via the app, online, or by calling 1-888-225-5773.

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