A utility outage occurs when electricity, water or gas services are interrupted.
To be prepared for an outage:
- Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlights and an extra supply of fresh batteries.
- Store supplies, such as blankets, water, non-perishable foods and a manual can-opener.
If there is an electricity outage you should:
- Use flashlights - NOT candles.
- DO NOT use a generator inside a home or garage.
- Listen to local radio or television for updated information
- If the air conditioner is not functioning stay cool by keeping out of direct sunlight and moving to the lowest floor of the building.
- Remember that perishable items from the refrigerator can be kept cool for about 4 hours if the refrigerator is left closed.
- Use refrigerated foods first, frozen foods second and non-perishable foods last.
- Learn how to safely and properly switch on/off gas valves, water lines, circuit breakers, once utilities have been restored.
- DO NOT use charcoal indoors! Without proper ventilation, fumes from burnt charcoal can kill!
If there is no heat you should:
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
- Make sure every member of the household has a warm coat, gloves, hat, and water resistant boots.
- Ensure that extra blankets and heavy clothes are available.
- To save heat during a winter storm close off unneeded rooms, cover windows at night and stuff towels or rags in the cracks under doors.
For power outages, call Pepco's 24-Hour Outage Report Line at 1 (877) 737-2662.
For general questions or to report a problem, call the Mayor's Citywide Call Center at 311.