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Be prepared for power outages
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What do you do when the power goes out? 
At least one Caney Fork Electric Cooperative customer was asking herself that very question Tuesday night when her power went out for two hours.
“We were without electricity for two hours and 19 minutes,” said Rhonda Rae Williams. “It was an eye opener, being in the dark. It was right then I realized I wasn’t prepared for this.”
According to Caney Fork operations coordinator Teresa Parker, a breaker was tripping off and on but that wasn’t the source of the problem.
“It’s not normal for that to happen,” said Parker. “For our customers, it meant they had interruptions of power intermittingly. We started trying to locate and isolate the problem. Then, it dropped entirely. We were able to get it back on, but it blinked several more times.”
Parker says 1,792 customers were affected from 1-2 hours and employees worked several hours to locate the problem.
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safety tips:
• Only use flashlights for emergency lights as candles can cause fires;
• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. A closed refrigerator can keep food cold for several hours;
• Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. Consider going to a movie theater or shopping mall. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls;
• Put on layers of clothing if it is cold outside. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan on going to another location that has heat to keep warm;
• Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power surge that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors;
“When the power went out, a million thoughts were going through my head,” said Williams. “McMinnville Electric System’s power was still on so I knew it wasn’t some catastrophic event. Still, what do I do until the power comes back on? My daughter was visiting and she had the baby with her. How do we heat up the bottle? What about lighting? I had a couple candles in the house and that was it. We had food, but no way to cook anything. The American Red Cross used to say have a three-day emergency plan and now they say prepare for 30 days. I’m definitely not prepared for that.”
Caney Fork apologized for the power interruption.