Utilities Kingston advising residents of planned power outages on Saturday

On Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, Utilities Kingston electricity customers will experience a 30-minute planned power outage starting at 8 a.m., and a 30-minute planned power outage starting between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the areas of CFB Kingston, Royal Military College and Barriefield Village. Image courtesy of Kingston Utilities.

Planned power outages could disrupt your weekend plans if you live in the CFB Kingston, Royal Military College and Barriefield Village areas.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, Utilities Kingston electricity customers in these areas will experience a 30-minute planned power outage starting at 8 a.m., and a 30-minute planned power outage starting between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For a map of the affected area, Utilities Kingson offered in a news release that customers should “please visit our Outages Map and click on Schedule | Map or List.”

“We are committed to managing and maintaining local infrastructure to ensure reliable utility services, and to support the growth and development of our community. This power outage is necessary to allow workers to install new overhead electrical distribution lines and equipment on behalf of your electricity distributor, Kingston Hydro Corporation,” the release explained. “For the safety of utility crews, equipment must be de-energized to complete the work. “

Utilities Kingston offered some handy tips to help you and your family during an outage: 

  • Make sure your appliances, such as the stove, are in the off position. 
  • Make sure your cellphone and extended battery packs are fully charged.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use a cooler with ice for items you’ll need during the planned outage. 
  • Plan and consider a source of backup power for important building systems, including sump pumps. 
  • Do not use a propane barbeque, camp stove or portable standby generator indoors. They can generate dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Your carbon monoxide detector may not work in an outage. 
  • If you plan to use a generator, remember to use it in a dry area outdoors away from any open windows, doors and vents. 
  • Visit the Electrical Safety Authority at esasafe.com for more tips. 

If you depend on electrically-powered medical equipment, consider having the following:

  • a backup phone that does not require electricity
  • an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) connected at all times
  • back-up generation available
  • alternative arrangements in place (such as staying with family or friends) 

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the power outage,” said Utilities Kingston, “This work helps to ensure you have a reliable source of electricity.”

For more information, call Kingston Utilities customer service, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 613-546-0000.

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