FOR MEMBERS THAT use medical devices like breathing machines or home dialysis equipment, even a brief interruption of electric service has the potential to be harmful. Lynches River members that depend on an electric-powered medical device are encouraged to take every precaution and prepare for the possibility of an outage.
Read the instructions: Talk to your supplier and read the equipment instructions to get all the relevant details about backup power options.
Power on demand: Generators provide a dependable back-up for your home and equipment. Standby generators are installed directly to the house and are typically powered by natural gas or propane. A portable generator is usually gas powered and can be moved around. In either case, it’s important to make sure they are connected properly.
Power in the driveway: Some devices can be plugged into or recharged through the power outlet in your vehicle.
Take care of your meds: If you have medications that need to stay in a cool, dry place, a refrigerator generally holds its temperature for two to four hours as long as the door stays closed.
Register: LREC members who depend on electricity for life-support equipment can be placed on a “medical priority” list. These members are given priority for service restoration. Members can be added to the list by contacting Lynches River at (843) 672-6111 with proof of need from a licensed physician. In the event of widespread outages, being on the list does not guarantee early service restoration.
Be prepared: Keep your cellphone charged so that you can call for help
or be reached by someone else. If your devices are battery-operated, make sure you have extras on hand. If the outage lasts more than a day, you may have to stay with a family member or friend.
If you feel your welfare is in danger, call 911.