Be safe during winter storm recovery

Posted on Feb 19 2023 in Bartholomew County REMC
Snowplow in winter

If a winter storm would happen to come our way this February, BCREMC wants everyone to know how to stay safe and warm during the recovery efforts.

“In a winter storm emergency, restoring power and heat to members is the highest priority, and electric utility crews work around the clock to restore service,” said Shawn Tucker, line superintendent. 

If you must venture outside, be alert to the possibility of electrical hazards: 

  • Stay away from downed power lines and be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard. 
  • Treat all downed or hanging power lines as if they are energized. Warn others to stay away and contact BCREMC. 
  • A power line does not need to be sparking or arcing to be energized, even if it’s sagging close to or on the ground. 
  • Other utility lines can also become energized by being in contact with an electrical line. 
  • Lines that appear to be “dead” can become energized as crews work to restore power, or sometimes from improper use of emergency generators.
  • Download the SmartHub app to report your outage if the after hours call center is busy during a widespread storm.

BCREMC wants to remind you that the best thing to do is stay away and let us know the situation so that we can respond to the hazard.