In case your electricity goes out, please do the following:
- See if the red LED light is “on” inside your meter. If it is on, you have power up to your meter and the problem is likely on your side of the meter.
- Check your fuses or breakers at the yard pole or meter pedestal.
- Call your neighbor to see if they are out of power.
- Call the Red Lake Electric Cooperative office (1-800-245-6068) during working hours, or 1-218-253-2200 after office hours.
Even if your neighbor told you they called in an outage, it is good for you to call too. Even though a section of line may be off, there could be problems at your service location that could persist even after the line is back on.
If you are experiencing a power outage, keep refrigerators and freezers closed. Opening them to see if the food is “okay” will only make food spoil quicker.
If you are connecting a generator to use during a power outage, make sure it is connected using a “double throw” switch. This switch assures that electricity from your standby generator will not “back-feed” into the electric system. “Back-feed” is a dangerous condition for lineworkers, and, your neighbors.