- Check fuses and breakers to see if the outage is caused by a source at your location.
- Contact your neighbors to see if the outage is limited or widespread.
- Call the Bayard office at 586-1824.
- Be ready to give your name, telephone number, and location.
- Leave one (1) switch on so you will know when the electricity is on.
- Stay away from downed power lines and call CR with information about problems with the lines.
- Have emergency supplies on hand (candles, matches, flashlights, etc.).
Loss of power in certain areas can mean an open breaker or fuse. This is an indication of an overload or defective appliance. When the cause is found you should replace the fuse or reset the breaker. If necessary, seek the help of an electrician (we are not responsible for any problems on the customers side of the meter). If in doubt please call and we will advise you on steps you may need to take.
When the lights blink and come back on, that is the electric system working exactly as designed. Something in the neighborhood of 75% of overhead outages are temporary in nature. Outages could be caused by an animal getting into the lines or the lines slapping together from wind and ice. The equipment installed on the system will temporarily interrupt the current flow to allow the faulted location to clear itself and then the equipment will close the circuit back in to attempt to minimize the number of people permanently out of power.
Galloping power lines may be caused by ice build up on the lines, wind, or a combination of the two. Galloping lines cause stress on insulators, tie wire, conductors (wires), crossarms, and even poles. The result of this stress may be blinks, outages, or weakened connections which fail later.