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Regardless of the emergency situation, rural residents should always be prepared for the unexpected.
Emergency situations can often impact farm livestock and pets. Due to their size, specialized needs, shelter and transport requirements, planning ahead for the possibility of an extended power outage is vital.
Extreme weather and power outages can often cause more damage in rural areas. Consider these important safety tips:
- If the wiring leading to your home, barn or service panels seems damaged or compromised in any way, stay back. Maintain at least 11 metres from downed wires
- If your home, barn or other out buildings have flooded, do not walk in or touch standing water as it may be energized by the electrical system.
- NEVER touch or approach downed powerlines or anything touching downed power lines (eg. trees, fences, cars, buildings, etc.). They may be energized and can cause a fatal electrocution
for Burlington’s Rural Community
- Have a backup power source.
- Address animal containment, noting low voltage fencing will likely no longer be working
- Have extra water on hand, and take steps to extra-insulate containers such as with stacks of straw or hay
- Have a livestock evacuation plan in place.
Know the Risks. Make a Plan. Be Prepared.
Before a Power Outage
- Protect electrical equipment with surge protectors.
- Have a standby or backup power source.
- Have an emergency plan for water and feed resources for your livestock.
Contact Burlington Hydro Customer Service Representative or report an outage at 905-332-1851
- For after-hours POWER emergencies and outages call: 1-877-310-4937
During a Power Outage
- Stay informed with a battery powered or crank radio
- Use your mobile device to access up-to-date alerts and real-time outage maps: bookmark m.burlingtonhydro.com on your mobile/smart phone browser
- Follow Burlington Hydro on Twitter for the latest updates or call us directly
- Keep your food and water supply safe, and ensure there is food and water for your livestock
- NEVER run a generator indoors as they produce CO which can be deadly to humans and animals.
Being prepared for an emergency is the first step to ensuring your safety and that of your animals.
MOBILE SITE: m.burlingtonhydro.comFurther emergency preparedness information Iis available from Halton Region - Dial 311or visit Halton.ca/BePrepared.
FOLLOW Burlington Hydro on Twitter @BurlingtonHydro
SEE Real Time Power Updates at m.burlingtonhydro.com