Talquin continually performs maintenance on our electric system throughout the year to ensure we are providing the best possible service to our Membership. We are able to perform most of this work with the electricity on, so you often do not even notice the work going on around you. However, there are times when we need to interrupt your electric service in order to perform this work. We call these disruptions planned outages.
As you know, electricity is a powerful and dangerous form of energy. Planned outages are sometimes required to provide for the safety of our employees, our Members, and our electrical equipment rather than risk exposure to this danger. We know that outages are inconvenient, but our objective is to be safe while we provide the best service possible to our Members.
When you will be affected by a planned outage, we will notify you in advance so that you can make preparations. When a planned outage is necessary, our crews will work as quickly and safely as possible to restore your electric service with minimal disruption.
Tips for Preparing for a Planned Outage:
- If you have medical support equipment that is dependent on electricity, be ready with your back-up plan to maintain the use of your equipment.
- Have flashlights with fresh batteries handy.
- Minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors to maintain temperature.
- Shut off or disconnect all sensitive equipment, such as computers, fax machines, televisions, microwaves, etc. before the outage begins.
- Leave a lamp or radio switched on so you’ll know when electric service is restored.
- Charge all mobile phones.
- It is very important to turn off any major appliances like washing machines or air conditioners prior to the outage. This will prevent them from unexpectedly coming on when the power is restored.
- Double check to make sure all heat-producing appliances (stoves, toaster ovens, irons, and hair curlers) are turned off. This will minimize any fire hazard if the power is restored while you are away.
- Make sure you know how to override or manually operate your security gates or garage doors.
- If you have a generator, be sure to follow all safety guidelines. Please refer to https://www.talquinelectric.com/resources/generator-use/ for more information.
If you have questions about planned outages in your area, please call us at (850) 627-7651.