Winter Power Failure and Generators

Winter Power Failure (non-evacuation):

  • Turn thermostat(s) down to minimum (power can be restored more easily when systems are not overloaded)
  • Turn off all appliances, electronic equipment and tools
  • Use proper candle holders and never leave lit candles unattended
  • Don’t use charcoal or gas barbecues, camping heating equipment, or home generators indoors

Generators:

To operate a generator safely, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always:

  • Ensure that the generator operates outdoors in well-ventilated conditions, well away from doors or windows
  • Connect lights and appliances directly to the generator
  • If extension cords must be used, ensure they are properly rated cords approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • Direct installation of a generator to an existing electrical system should be done by a qualified technician