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Outages

Grant PUD power is available more than 99.99 percent of the time. Sometimes, power outages do still happen. If you're experiencing a power outage learn what to do here.

Report an outage

800.216.5226

Customer Service

509.766.2505
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Report an Outage 24/7

800.216.5226

Call to report an outage or emergency involving power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

TO REPORT A STREET LIGHT OUTAGE

E-mail customerservice@gcpud.org or call us at (509) 766-2505 during regular business hours.

For an emergency regarding street lighting call us anytime at (800) 216-5226.

FIBER OUTAGE

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Do not call 911 to report an outage. Calling 911 will delay our response time and distract emergency personnel from their actual emergencies.

Stay away from downed power lines!

Even the ground near a downed line can be dangerously charged with electricity. Never come in contact with anyone who is being shocked or anything that is touching a power line.

Stay Informed

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For more helpful tips on how to prepare for a power outage emergency…

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Never operate the generator in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. Generators can produce deadly levels of carbon monoxide very quickly. Use carbon monoxide detectors in enclosed spaces to monitor air quality while generators are running.

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Do not connect generators directly to household wiring without an appropriate transfer switch installed. Power from generators connected directly to household wiring can backfeed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including linemen making repairs.

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Do not overload the generator. A portable generator should be used only when necessary and only to power essential equipment or appliances.

Scheduled Outages

If we have to cut power, we'll attempt to advise customers with known life-support equipment ahead of time of the date, time and length of the planned outage.

Be Prepared

Customers with medical needs should make preparations in advance for unexpected power outages. Participation in the program does not mean that power will not be disconnected for nonpayment or interrupted due to an unplanned outage.

Emergency Preparedness

All households should assemble an emergency kit to improve comfort and safety during prolonged power outages or other emergencies.

Contact the Grant County Department of Emergency Management at (509) 762-1462 and visit ready.gov for specifics on creating an emergency kit and forming a family emergency plan.

A basic emergency preparedness kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio, a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, such as water or natural gas.
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
  • Prescription medications or other important supplies specific to your family

 

 

 

Emergency preparedness kit

How does a power pole catch on fire in the rain?

power poleWhat causes a pole fire? Pole fires can ignite for many reasons, but most pole fires in Grant County happen after the first rain (or two) following a long dry spell. The rain moistens the dust that has accumulated on the pole insulators (1) or other components (2). That dust is very close to energized wires. When it becomes wet it can become charged with electricity and conduct that electricity – and associated heat – to metal bolts and brackets that attach insulators and other components to the pole. The heat can be enough to set the pole on fire, especially if the wood pole is dry and weathered.

Where are pole fires most common? Pole fires most often happen in areas of the county where crop rotation and “disking” or tilling of the soil is frequent. Soil tilling kicks up dust that settles on the components of nearby power poles. Dust accumulates over long periods of time in a county like Grant, with limited rainfall. When it finally does rain, the rainfall is likely to be light, rather than cleansing or heavy. The topography and climate in Grant County also contribute, since dust kicked up by activities like agriculture or construction can travel many miles, carried by the wind.

What is Grant PUD doing to reduce incidents of pole fires? Our crews are gradually replacing the traditional, ceramic pole insulators and metal pole attachments with ones made of polymer – plastic or fiberglass. These materials don’t conduct electricity, nor transfer heat from electrified dust to the pole. Our electric system contains from 1,000 to 5,000 of these old-style ceramic insulators. We’re working on it.

Why doesn’t Grant PUD use non-flammable poles in vulnerable areas? Most all of Grant PUD’s poles are made of cedar and treated for extra weather resistance. These poles are easy to work with and replace. They’re the industry standard. Steel or concrete poles are heavy, harder for crews to climb, and more expensive. A decision to use a pole other than cedar would be possible but would be made on a case by case basis.

Power Outage FAQs

Who do I call when my power is out?

Call our toll-free power outage number at (800) 216-5226. After you call, turn off the breaker to your water heater, unplug sensitive electronic equipment, and turn down your heater or air conditioner. This will protect your equipment and also prevent a load surge on our system when the power comes back on.

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