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Power Outage Expected In Area Close To 34th Street Construction

By Sean Keeley · May 10th, 2011 · 2 Comments

As mentioned the other day, Thursday May 19th at 11am, Seattle City Light will install equipment that will allow us to begin pulling electrical cable into place. as part of the extension of underground power lines between Troll Ave N and Stone Way N on N 34th St.

One thing we didn’t mention is that power in that area will be interrupted for approximately four hours. The planned outage affecting your business/residence is required to safely reconnect the newly installed cables to the rest of the system.

To help you prepare for this outage, here are some things you should know:

  • Customers relying on an electric life-support system should have back-up power and know how to operate it.
  • Food should be safe in most cases if refrigerators and freezers remain shut while the power is out. When in doubt, please throw it out. Businesses should also leave doors closed in refrigerated areas it will help to maintain temperatures longer.
  • Know which entrance and exit door to use in a secured building.

  • Know how to use your electric garage door’s manual override. Have an emergency key release if your garage door is the only access to your home.
  • Sometimes alarm systems are triggered when the power goes out or is restored; you may want to make any necessary arrangements with your carrier.
  • Any electric timing devices will need to be reset; sensitive electronic equipment should have surge protection and turned off to provide maximum protection.
  • If you plan to use a portable generator, please be extremely careful. Never plug your generator into an electrical outlet; plug your appliance directly into the generator. The electricity generated within your business can feed back into the outside power lines, including down lines or lines crews are working on — endangering anyone near it. The generator can also explode, creating a fire hazard.
  • Make sure computers are turned off before the outage.

For your information, we have advised the police, fire and health departments of this outage. If you have questions relating to this project, please call Mark VanOss, Sr. Public Relations Specialist at (206) 684-3279 or Rose Smith, Sr. Public Relations Specialist at (206) 615-1568.

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