Spring / Summer Weather Safety Tips

Before a Storm

  • Keep an emergency kit handy, and make sure it includes bottled water, a small supply of food, a flashlight, extra batteries and a battery-powered radio.
  • Charge any mobile devices, laptops or tablets, to have them on standby.
  • Install surge protectors or unplug your electronics and expensive appliances to protect your equipment from damage due to power surges.
  • Know the location of your electrical circuit box and how to turn the power on and off.
  • Watch the weather and know when bad weather is on its way; avoid driving if possible. Accidents are more likely to happen during stormy weather.

During and After a Storm

  • If your home loses power, check to see if you have a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker before calling your local electric utility.
  • Unplug or turn off all major appliances, such as the air-conditioner and dishwashers to avoid a power surge when the electricity comes back on.
  • Exercise extreme caution if using candles during a power outage. Keep candles away from flammable objects and never leave them burning unattended.
  • If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. DO NOT connect the generator to your home’s electrical system. Consult a licensed electrician. For more information, view: Generator Life-Saving Tips.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezer doors shut in case your power goes out. Food will stay cold six to nine hours in a refrigerator without spoiling and frozen foods will stay good for about 24 hours.
  • Leave a few lights on so you’ll know when your power is restored.
  • Don’t enter a basement that has standing water unless you’re certain the power has been shut off.

Downed Power Lines

  •  If you see a downed power line, leave the area and immediately call 911 to report it to the local power company. Keep pets, children and others away from the area. Never touch a downed power line or any object touching a downed power line, and never try to remove tree limbs from downed power lines.
  • Do not trim trees around power lines.
  • If you are in a vehicle and it comes in contact with a power pole or power line, stay inside until emergency workers arrive. If you must get out due to fire or another emergency, jump clear without touching the car and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together, then shuffle away with your feet close together.

If someone is shocked:

  • For your safety, do not touch the individual if they are still in contact with the power structure. If possible, turn off the power at the control panel, then call 911 and tell them it is an electrical injury.
  • If the victim is away from the power source and not breathing, apply cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), if you know how. Then, cover the victim with a blanket, keep their head low, and get medical attention.
  • If you do not know CPR, ask your local hospital or Red Cross where and when the classes are given.

For More Information:

NPPD provides 24-hour support for our customers. If you have an outage and get your electric bill from NPPD, use our report outage page or call us at (toll free): 1-877-ASK-NPPD (275-6773).

  • If your power supplier is other than NPPD, check with your local power provider. To find out who your local power provider is, view the Nebraska Town Index.

Follow us on Twitter at @NPPDStormcenter for the latest updates on outages.