How Common Are Winter Power Outages in Texas?
At a minimum, a power outage is inconvenient. Typically, there are more serious concerns, too. Even a partial power outage, often caused by a bad main breaker or a loose connection from the electricity power supply side, can potentially compromise the food in your refrigerator or even put you at risk if your heating or cooling systems are affected. If you need an electrician in Lubbock, Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric has trained professionals to inspect and repair any challenges causing partial power outages.
According to recent data collected by the U.S. Department of Energy during the period 2000 to 2021, there were over 1,500 weather related power outages nationwide. The highest amount occurring in any one state was in Texas, with 180 power outages. Of the national total, winter storms accounted for 22% and 58% were due to high winds, thunderstorms and wind.
How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Since Texans are at risk of experiencing a partial or full-blown power outage, there are precautions you should take to be prepared for the worst.
- Have a stocked first aid kit. – Be ready for those scrapes and cuts or even strains and pains that happen when you least expect. Since medical care will likely be limited, having supplies at the ready will help.
- Keep a supply of bottled water on hand. – Ideally, you should have enough for a full 3-days’ supply at a gallon per person per day.
- Have flashlights ready to go and placed at various places around your home. – For example, keep one by the front door, in each bedside table drawer, the bathroom, etc. Having extra batteries near each light is also a great idea.
- Be prepared for interrupted phone service by having a battery operated radio on hand. (Make sure cell phones are charged when storms are in the forecast.)
- Stock up on non-perishable food items. – Nuts and nut-butters are great energy sources and canned fish has a healthy dose of proteins and good fats. Refrigerated food will stay fresher longer when the door stays closed as much as possible. Frozen food in the freezer may last up to two days if the door is opened only when needed. Don’t forget to plan for pet food, including water.
- Have a family evacuation plan. – Especially during widespread power outages, stay home unless you absolutely must leave. However, be prepared for tornadoes and other severe weather when you must get out of your home by having a plan, so everyone knows exactly what to do. Keep important papers in a central location where you can grab and go. Turn switches and gas-powered appliances off. Have a designated meeting spot. If there are pets, designate a family member or two to get them to the meeting area.
Preparation is key to being ready for any emergency. Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric offers its ASAP (Armstrong Service Agreement Plan) to inspect and check your home’s electric, plumbing and HVAC systems. Call to schedule yours today.