Tina Potthoff, Media Relations Manager, at 515-281-2585
Tim Grabinski, Director, Communication Planning, at 515-281-2343
DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 13, 2012) – Weather reports show severe weather is expected throughout MidAmerican Energy Company’s service territory this weekend. Due to the high probability of storms, MidAmerican Energy offers the following tips for staying safe during and after a storm.
- If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and don’t touch it. From a safe distance, call MidAmerican Energy immediately at 800-799-4443.
- If you lose power to your home during a storm, check your fuses or circuit breakers first, then call MidAmerican Energy.
- Never assume someone else has reported a power outage. If you lose power during a storm, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443. Your information helps the company’s electric outage management system pinpoint the source of an outage and speed the restoration process.
- Use caution when stepping outside your home during a power outage. A downed power line may be just outside your door or may be hidden by brush or debris. Use extra caution picking up metal debris, such as awnings or metal roofing, which may be in contact with a hidden downed power line.
- Never use a grill, space heater or portable generator intended for outside use inside your home. Similarly, never attempt to heat your home with a gas range. All can emit deadly carbon monoxide.
- Keep fresh batteries in flashlights and lanterns for use during emergencies, and have extra batteries on hand.
- Use caution and common sense in the placement of candles and oil lamps for light. Never leave candles burning when you go to bed. Keep them away from drapes and other materials that could catch fire. Avoid placing candles on low tables where pets or children could knock them off.
- If a power line comes down on a vehicle while someone is inside, that person should stay in the vehicle until utility crews arrive and make the situation safe.
Additional information about the causes of power outages, preparing for a storm, and how MidAmerican Energy restores power is available in the Storm Center on MidAmerican Energy’s website, www.midamericanenergy.com/storm.