Minneapolis, Minnesota (Jan. 25, 2019) – With frigid temperatures expected this weekend and throughout next week, Xcel Energy reminds customers to think about what they would do when severe winter weather hits and offers tips for cold weather safety.
If using a space heater, take care to ensure safety as more than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year in the United States, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. When using a space heater, 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. Additionally, inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs and connections; don’t use it if they are frayed, worn or damaged. Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when leaving a room and don’t go to sleep with a space heater on.
Stay informed -- Sign up for outage notifications
Snow and ice can cause electrical outages and it’s important for customers to have access to the most recent updates about their power restoration. Customers can sign up for outage notifications through the My Account feature on the Xcel Energy website or by downloading the mobile app available on iOS and Android. Additionally, the website hosts an outage map that displays information on the number of customers out and anticipated time for restoration. Customers can also stay informed by following Xcel Energy on Facebook and Twitter.
Report your outage
Customers can help Xcel Energy get a jump on power restoration by reporting outages. Customers have a number of ways to report their outage.
Other ways customers can prepare, stay safe
Xcel Energy is prepared
Xcel Energy is known for fast restoration during weather-related outages, and the reason is the preparation done in advance. Crews and equipment are on standby at service centers throughout the metro area and Greater Minnesota when severe weather approaches to quickly and safely restore electric service. Xcel Energy partners with communities to protect the public and invests in its infrastructure to ensure it is robust and reliable.
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About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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