Utilities

Electricity

Electrocution can result from direct contact with live wires or anything that has been energized by these wires.

  • Locate your main electric switch, which is normally in the garage or outdoors. The panel box may have a flip switch or pull handle on a large circuit breaker.
  • Shut off electricity when:
    • Arcing or burning occurs in electrical devices.
    • There is a fire or significant water leak.
    • You smell burning insulation.
    • The area around switches or plugs is blackened and/ or hot to the touch.
    • A complete power loss is accompanied by the smell of burning material.

AP&T: 766-6500

Telephone

Call Alaska Power & Telephone with any questions: (907) 766-6500

Water Service

Water leaks can cause property damage and create an electrocution hazard.

  • After a major earthquake, shut off your water supply to protect the water in your house. Cracked pipes may allow contaminants into the water supply in your home.
  • The water shutoff is usually located in the basement, garage or where the water line enters the home. The water shutoff is located on a riser pipe and is usually a red or yellow wheel. Turn wheel clockwise to shut off.

Sewer Service

A disaster that disrupts all or part of the City’s water and/or sewer lines could affect the way you deal with human waste.

  • If there is no water in your toilet, but the sewer lines are intact, pour 3-5 gallons of water into the toilet bowl to flush. You may use seawater, bath, laundry or pool water.
  • If you suspect damage to your home’s water lines, do NOT flush the toilet. Turn off water at the house so contaminated water does not enter your water system.
  • If sewer lines are broken, line bowl with double-bagged garbage bags to collect waste. Before discarding, add a small amount of bleach; then seal the bag and place in a tightly covered container, away from people.
  • If the toilet is unusable, use a sturdy bucket with a tight fitting lid, and line it with a double-bagged plastic garbage bag.

Propane

Call Haines Propane with any questions: (907) 766-3191

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Fuel Delivery

IN AN EMERGENCY EVENT, fire, flood, earthquake, and avalanche – turn your fuel tank valve in the off position at the TANK!
 
You should always keep at least a 5 day supply of heating oil in your tank at all times.  A typical house uses 3-5 gallons per day.  Delta Westerns policy is that Auto-Fill Customers are the first priority.  Call in’s second.  After the Event, do a routine inspection of your fuel system, if safe, turn the tank valve back on.  Backup wood heat and/or an electric or propane heater should be at hand.      EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR with fresh batteries available.
 
Some items to look at:
 
Above Ground Tank Inspections

  • Check the tank legs and make sure they are not unsafe or rusted
  • Check the bottom of the tank – if you see wet spots or excessive dents then replace the tank before an expense release of fuel occurs
  • Check for frost heaving and cracks in the tank foundations
  • Check oil stains around the filter or valves
  • Keep the tank out of the roof rain and snow line, to keep moisture out of the tank.
  • Keep the vent pipe free and clear from falling snow or driving rain
  • Do not rest the tank bottom on soil, rocks or conditioned wet wood, have it on a stand attached securely to your house or garage.
  • Change your filters in the spring and fall.  Keep the fuel free from water that might freeze and crack your filter or tank

Below Ground Tank Inspections

  • An unexplained increase in fuel consumption
  • Sheen’s in the nearby ditch or stream
  • Signs of fuel spills or orders around the fuel fill and/or vent pipe
  • Check vent pip and keep it clear of foreign mater like spider webs

Call your fuel provider for a safety inspection.  Follow these precautions and this could save you thousands of dollars in spilled fuel and environmental concerns.
 
Delta Western, Fueling Alaska Safely

Call Delta Western with any questions: (907) 766-3190