BOISE, Idaho (News Release) – A week of triple-digit temperatures across much of the region and smoke on the horizon are clear signs wildfire season has arrived. It’s a great time to make sure you and your family are prepared for fire-related electrical outages.

Forest and rangeland fires sometimes cause power outages, either because fire damages electrical equipment or service must be interrupted to ensure the safety of fire crews. The average Idaho Power customer is without power less than two hours during an entire year. But sometimes outages can extend to hours or even days.

In an emergency, you need to know how to protect your health and home if electricity is suddenly unavailable. Common sense planning and careful preparation will help you avoid problems and inconveniences.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Review the preparedness tips at this webpage or a handy outage kit checklist and information on how to avoid delays in getting your power restored.
  • Write down Idaho Power’s outage line, or program it into your phone so it’s handy if you need to report or check the status of an outage. Call1-800-488-6151.

Source: Idaho Power Co.