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.