What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out

Dealing with an outage can range from a bit annoying to potentially very dangerous. How you respond, how you handle the problem, and how well you’re prepared when the power goes out will make all the difference. Here are some important tips to know when the power goes out.

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Outages are rarely, if ever, something you can expect to happen. They usually come without warning, either due to a storm or because of an issue with your power supplier. Because of this you need to know what to do:

Locate a source of information. First up you want to know some very specific information. If at all possible you want to know how long to expect the outage to last, and what caused it. The best options are often radios and phones, and luckily technology can help you here, as smartphones are a great way to connect with local authorities.

If you find out that the outage is NOT caused from an issue with your power company (CPS, GVEC, etc) then call us ASAP. We have Emergency Services Available! Call for Free Estimate (210) 667-5717

Your appliances are now dangerous, so shut them off. If the outage is caused by a storm or incident, such as downed lines or blown transformers, you will want to shut down your power supply altogether. The resurgence of power caused by power reconnecting to your home can be dangerous, and can severely damage appliances – especially if the power flickers repeatedly.

Avoid sources of water during storms. If we’re talking severe weather and flooding, you want to avoid all puddles, pools, and sources of standing water. Exposed power lines and wiring can be lurking in these, and this is a very real and very dangerous threat against your life and health.

Respond effectively to the temperature. Keep in mind that you’ll be losing Heating & Air Conditioning during the outage. If it is cold outdoors, bundle up; and if it’s hot drink plenty of safe water (bottled, preferably).


Surge protection devices. As we mentioned, power surges and fluctuations in power can do serious property damage, and can even pose some risks to personal health. To combat this whole-home surge protectors and lightning arresters are a great way to prepare and protect your home.

Home portable and standby generators. Generators are one of the most ideal all-in-one solutions out there. They’re an investment, yes, but one that can pay you back big in both convenience and safety. The best option lies in a whole-home system (equipped with an automatic transfer switch for instant power), but even a portable unit can help with food preservation and temperature control.


Are you looking to equip your home with top of the line protection and prevention equipment? Then Bowman Electrical Services is your trusted and reliable Electrician servicing La Vernia, Floresville and San Antonio. We take your needs seriously, offering superior installation services, and even repairs in case something goes awry during an outage in your home. Contact us today to learn more!