Tips for dealing with outages

Published on December 16, 2021

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Because we know quite a few residents are still without power, we want to pass along information to help keep you safe. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you when power will be restored, but Xcel Energy has a significant number of staff and contractors working in the field.

We recommend making contingency plans in case your power continues to be out overnight. Review the tips below to keep you and your family safe.

Tips for dealing with power outages

  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Only use a generator outdoors and away from windows.
  • Take precautions when using a space heater, as more than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year in the country. Make sure the heater has the label showing it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory and read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels. Also, inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs and connections, which means it shouldn’t be used, and never leave a space heater on unattended or when you go to sleep.
  • Check Xcel’s outage map for updates.
  • Follow food safety guidelines by keeping the doors of your refrigerator and freezer shut as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. A full freezer will stay at freezing temperatures for approximately two days and a half-full freezer approximately one day.
  • Use a laptop or car charger to keep your mobile device charged. Visit a coffee shop, a similar local business or a community center to charge devices and to stay warm.
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbors if your outage is lasting longer than 12 hours.


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