What to Do in the Event of a Power Outage

Power Outage

Since severe weather events are becoming more common, a power outage is something most home and business owners could face. Be prepared by planning ahead. Know which utilities to call for information during an outage:

  • BGE Power Outages and Downed Power Lines 1-877-778-2222 Service Area – Most of central Maryland
  • Easton Utilities Customer Service 410-822-6110
  • Service Area: City in Talbot County
  • Potomac Edison Report an Outage for Service Area: Western Maryland and Parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia
  • SMECO Report an Outage for Service Area: Most of Southern Maryland
  • DelMarva Power Report an Outage for Service Area: Most of the Eastern Shore and a small part of Northern Harford County plus parts of Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia
  • PEPCO Report an Outage for Service Area: Parts of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and DC
  • Berlin Municipal Electric call to report an outage Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00Pm at 410-641-2770 or nights, weekends and holidays 410-641-1333
    Service Area: Community of Berlin in Worcester County
  • Somerset Rural Electric call to report an outage 814-445-4106 or 800-443-4255. Service Area: Portion of Northwest Garrett County and neighboring areas of Pennsylvania
  • Thurmont Municipal call to report an outage 301-271-7313. After hours, call 301-271-7313 and follow the instructions. Service Area: The Frederick County town
  • Choptank Electrical Coop report outages by calling 1-800-410-4790 or via SmartHub. Service Area: Rural area of all nine counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
  • Williamsport Municipal Electric Light System call 301-223-7711. Service Area: The Washington County town
  • Hagerstown Light Department call 301-790-2600. Service Area: City in Washington County
  • A&N Electric call 800-431-2632 or 757-665-5118. Service Area: Smith Island just off Somerset County, along with parts of Virginia’s Eastern Shore

 

See any reported power outages in Maryland here.

 

Gather Supplies for Your Disaster Preparedness Kit

Check out Maryland’s Department of Emergency Readiness’s guide to what to have on hand in the event of an emergency here. Your Disaster Preparedness Kit should include batteries, flashlights, food, water, tools, first aid supplies, and more.

Power Outage Tips provided by Ready.gov

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  • Use a portable generator ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations open near you.

Avoid Carbon Monoxide and Gas Dangers During Power Outages

Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outside and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas cooktop or oven to heat your home. Turn off or disconnect major appliances, equipment, or electronics in case of power surges or spikes that can cause damage.

Installing a Whole Home Surge Protector or Generator

Contact us to install a whole home surge protector to prevent damage to appliances or electronics if there are power surges during an outage. We also install reliable backup power generators