Be Safe! Protect your home and appliances!
ANGLEC would like you to have a safe and “event free” hurricane season. Please consider the following tips during and after the passage of a hurricane.
Before and during a hurricane:
- Customers should expect frequent power interruptions, and immediately disconnect appliances that are vulnerable to intermittent power.
- Under storm conditions, unplug non-essential sensitive appliances (such as computers, TVs, VCRs, DVDs, fax machines, clock radios, microwave ovens, and entertainment systems) to reduce the risk of damage from power surges or voltage sags that can occur from wind and/or lightening.
- Do not venture near downed lines or broken poles.
- ANGLEC recognizes that a supply of electricity is critical for our customers. However, customer and staff safety are the primary considerations for us in these situations.
After a hurricane:
- Although island damage may not be apparent, you may notice that power is not immediately restored. After the hurricane, ANGLEC conducts a thorough survey of the power plant and distribution network. This is a mandatory safety requirement and may take up to 24 hours. Subsequent restoration times are dependent on the extent of plant and system damage. However, power may be restored at any time, and the public should always treat electrical systems as live.
- Have a competent person carry out a visual inspection of your property. If any internal electrical damage is found, report this to your electrician who must place your main breaker in the OFF position. If damage is found at your main connection, immediately report this to ANGLEC.
- If you have a portable generator, only use it to provide power directly to appliances. DO NOT CONNECT A PORTABLE GENERATOR TO YOUR MAINBOARD OR INTERNAL WIRING AS THIS COULD RESULT IN EQUIPMENT DAMAGE, INJURY OR DEATH. ANGLEC PERSONNEL AND THE COMMUNITY COULD BE PUT AT RISK.
- Stay away from sagging or downed power lines. Always assume utility lines are energized even if they appear to be broken.
- Do not attempt to remove trees or limbs from lines.
- Ensure that all high-capacity motors (A/C units, Refrigerators, Compressors etc) are kept off. This will prevent appliance damage and breaker trips when electricity is restored. They should be switched on AFTER power is restored.
- Disconnect electric cookers from the power supply to avoid an unattended hazard when power is restored.
- Turn off all lights except one. This will alert you to when the power has been restored.
- ANGLEC will deliver frequent updates to local radio stations.
- For real-time updates, please “Like” our Facebook page. (http://www.facebook.com/AnguillaElectricity). At all times, ANGLEC provides useful information via Facebook.
- When power is restored to your area, please wait a few minutes before switching on appliances. This will reduce the likelihood of temporary overloading the distribution system.