Do Linemen restore power outages at night?

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asked Dec 20, 2021 in Polls/Surveys by VieyraT (790 points)
Do Linemen restore power outages at night?

If the power goes out at night do linemen work through the night to get the electricity back on?

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answered Dec 21, 2021 by Ragbone (3,810 points)
Linemen do work to restore power outages at night.

When the electricity goes out due to a power outage the Linemen are dispatched day and night at any hours and will leave their family or drop whatever they are doing when they are dispatched and get in the truck and start work.

When you call in a power outage the Linemen may be at home sleeping or eating etc and they will get a call or dispatch to go to work to look for the power outage cause and repair it.

This can happen at anytime day or night or even on holidays.

However if the weather is really bad and really hazardous such as a flood, hurricane still going etc or the wind is blowing too much then the lineman may have to wait until the weather clears or the hazard clears before they can begin work.

However Linemen do work in most all weather conditions and they are out in the wind, cold, sleet, rain, snow etc working to restore the power and keep the lights on.

Linemen don't get enough recognition or thanks for what they do.

If your power goes out also you should call it in as the Linemen may not know that you're out of power and don't assume that your neighbors have called in the power outage.

The electric utility wants you to call in the power outage so they can track down where the power is out at.

The linemen will work to restore the main lines first and then will work towards your home.

Hospitals and other more essential places will get the power restored first.

However if the line is only down serving your area then they will work to get it restored.

It's good to have a backup generator running off of natural gas, propane or gasoline and have enough fuel stored to be able to run the generator for at least a week or more.

Some power outages are restored overnight and some power outages may take as long as a week to restore depending on the damage.

Just make sure you don't back feed your generator into the meter as it can shock and harm or kill a Linemen or damage equipment.

Install a generator transfer switch so that you can switch off power leading to the meter and then still have power in your whole house.

My house I actually installed a separate breaker that my generator plug is tied too.

I switch off the main incoming breaker from the meter and then switch the generator plug breaker on to feed the power back into the house.

Then there's no power going into the meter since the main breaker leading leading from the meter is off.

I have enough gasoline on hand to last my at least 2 weeks and I also use it for my vehicles, mowers etc when I don't use it and I keep the gasoline fresh.

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