Power Outage Safety Tips - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Power Outage Safety Tips

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

The wintry weather is making its way through our area. Thursday morning, it took out a power line.

Firefighters suggest you stay inside if there are downed power lines. They also recommend some steps you can take to be safe at home as well.

"During a power outage, you're using things that are more likely to start a fire, like supplemental heating," said Mike Spini, Billings fire marshal.

Spini says it's important to have a plan and an emergency kit. He cautions against using fuel-burning appliances inside.

"Anything that is a fuel-burning appliance produces carbon monoxide, so a generator would be a pretty high probable source of a lot of carbon monoxide in your house," he said.

Spini suggests using battery-operated devices like flashlights for light.

"You don't want to use your kitchen gas operated stove to heat your home," he said. "A couple reasons, one is the carbon monoxide issue again. You're burning that straight into the atmosphere and there's no venting or anything like that and then you have another source of a fire because you've got that open flame."

A wood stove can be used as a heat source, just make sure the chimney and stove are clean. You can also use a portable heater, but it must approved for indoor use.

"With anything, we want to make sure the people have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms all the time, but especially when the power's out and you're using the supplemental heating and lighting devices and such."

Firefighters say it's important to have working detectors because carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill. One more reason for detectors, they can help prevent major fires.

The American Red Cross also suggests checking food's temperature before eating it during a power outage. Northwestern Energy requests people to call 888-467-2669 if they see a downed power line.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Counting $heep

    Counting $heep

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:34 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:34:40 GMT
    The 26th Annual Running of the Sheep is in the history books.Reed Point residents said this was largest Sheep Drive in recent memory, which they hope means more funds for their community.Jocelyn Ott and Payton Severin live in Reed Point and attend Reed Point School. They said the Sheep Drive is vital to their schools existence.Funds raised from the Sheep Drive have allowed Reed Point School to have some of the best technology out there. From the most up to date computers, to iPads, the Sheep ...
    The 26th Annual Running of the Sheep is in the history books.Reed Point residents said this was largest Sheep Drive in recent memory, which they hope means more funds for their community.Jocelyn Ott and Payton Severin live in Reed Point and attend Reed Point School. They said the Sheep Drive is vital to their schools existence.Funds raised from the Sheep Drive have allowed Reed Point School to have some of the best technology out there. From the most up to date computers, to iPads, the Sheep ...
  • Big Timber Teen Makes a Difference

    Big Timber Teen Makes a Difference

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:13 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:13:24 GMT
    In April, KULR-8 introduced you to Ethan Peterson, a teenager with a goal of preventing teenagers in his community from the perils of distracted driving.Peterson put together a PSA, sharing the personal account of his father drinking and driving, which led to a fatal car accident.The PSA caught the attention of judges in the Toyota Teen Challenge Contest. Toyota Teen Challenge, challenged teenagers to show how they were combating distracted driving in their community. Ethan's PSA, along with ...
    In April, KULR-8 introduced you to Ethan Peterson, a teenager with a goal of preventing teenagers in his community from the perils of distracted driving.Peterson put together a PSA, sharing the personal account of his father drinking and driving, which led to a fatal car accident.The PSA caught the attention of judges in the Toyota Teen Challenge Contest. Toyota Teen Challenge, challenged teenagers to show how they were combating distracted driving in their community. Ethan's PSA, along with ...
  • Yellowstone Valley Farmer's Market

    Yellowstone Valley Farmer's Market

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:14:30 GMT
    You still have five more opportunities to check out the Yellowstone Valley Farmer's Market.On October 11th, HarvestFest will take the place of farmer's market, welcoming all things Fall to Downtown Billings. Be sure to mark your calendars because you don't want to miss HarvestFest.
    You still have five more opportunities to check out the Yellowstone Valley Farmer's Market.On October 11th, HarvestFest will take the place of farmer's market, welcoming all things Fall to Downtown Billings. Be sure to mark your calendars because you don't want to miss HarvestFest.