Risks of Power Outages - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Risks of Power Outages

The December Freeze is making our roads very dangerous and bringing us frigid cold temperatures, but it could also produce some power outages.

When the power goes out, Wichita Falls Assistant Chief of Police Jon Reese said most people should avoid their natural reaction. Most people try to stay warm at all cost. They try to use candles and wood burning stoves as a heat source, which can be quite dangerous.

When non-traditional things are used as a heat source, the risk of a fire increases dramatically, but that's not the only thing that could hurt you. Reese said if people don't have a proper ventilation system then they could get carbon dioxide poisoning.

If things get so bad. Reese said "it's best to just seek one of the emergency shelters."

The best candles to use during a power outage are hurricane lamps because they are enclosed. However, the best and safest way to stay warm is to bundle up.

If you're power does go out you should remain calm and if it's not an emergency you should call you're power provider.

Reese said "If it's an emergency...you're power line is down or arcing. We ask that you call [911]"

If it's an emergency and you rely on a land line, it's OK. Reese said you should go to a neighbor's house to make the call.

Staying warm is only half the battle. Staying nourished is the half. Cooking becomes almost impossible when the lights go out. Electric microwaves and stove tops don't work.

Reese recommends to cook boxed goods and things that don't have to be prepared without heat.

Even though cooking becomes hard. People shouldn't worry about water. Water will continue to flow unless their pipes freeze.

If you're power does go out remain patient. You could be just one of thousands of people who are without it.

James Parish, Newschannel 6

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

    US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-05-27 12:04:22 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:45:21 GMT
    (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo). U.S. Marine Corps soldiers stand beneath the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018.(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo). U.S. Marine Corps soldiers stand beneath the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018.

    High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key...

    High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key moment in Marine Corps history.

  • Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:53:22 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:45:10 GMT
    Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

  • Sting receives honorary degree, sings at Brown University

    Sting receives honorary degree, sings at Brown University

    Sunday, May 27 2018 1:04 PM EDT2018-05-27 17:04:32 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:44:33 GMT
    (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In a Jan. 25, 2018 file photo, Sting attends Spotify's Best New Artists 2018 Party at Skylight Clarkson Square, in New York. Brown University confers an honorary degree on rocker Sting at its 250th comme...(Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In a Jan. 25, 2018 file photo, Sting attends Spotify's Best New Artists 2018 Party at Skylight Clarkson Square, in New York. Brown University confers an honorary degree on rocker Sting at its 250th comme...

    Ivy League school Brown University will bestow an honorary degree to English musician Sting.

    Ivy League school Brown University will bestow an honorary degree to English musician Sting.

Powered by Frankly