The thick frost that grows on the surface of every twig, fence post and power line can create a calendar photo for you. It could also create a power outage. You can call it evaporation fog or hoarfrost.
We can call ourselves lucky to be able to experience it every winter.
The danger lies within a combination of moisture and extreme cold. Ice builds up on power lines. The weight of the ice can cause unnecessary stress to the system. Complications continue as the compromised lines cause havoc with the poles and equipment.
The first killing frost will usually come at the end of September. It signifies the end of the growing season. These are thin ice particles and the air tempertature doesn't always go below zero.
Neither a fall frost or an extreme killing frost can be put in the same category as Evaporation Fog and Hoarfrost. Hoarfrost has been called a wintertime cousin to a summer dew. To put it in layman terms hoarfrost will stick to anything when there is more moisture in the air than the air can carry.
Article below was written by Scott Boulton
However it might happen, power outages can cause a lot of damage and they're something people should be preparing for.
That can vary from knowing who and what to call, to packing up a bag that'll last for an entire outage.
Saskpower Spokesperson Scott McGregor explains that people should watch out for any downed lines, one of the causes of a power outage.
"If any parts of the province are experiencing an outage," he said. "There's always a possibility of downed power lines. So, it's very important that everyone be aware of their surroundings and if they do come across a downed power line, they keep back a safe distance. We recommend 10 meters, about 33 feet."
With regards to preparing for an outage, SaskPower recommends people put together a kit they can use, with the following items:
- Water — at least one gallon (4 litres) for each member of your household, per day.
- Food — non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items. Include a manual can opener (or a multi-purpose tool).
- Flashlights — include extra batteries and make sure the flashlight is functional. Candles can be included but must only be used by adults and never by children. Keep candles away from flammable material (such as curtains) and have a working fire extinguisher on hand. LED candles are a safer alternative.
- First-Aid Kit — include essential medications and required medical items. If you have medication that needs to be refrigerated, consult your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.
- A battery-powered or hand-crank clock and radio.
- Blankets and warm clothing.
It's also important to make sure that SaskPower is aware of that outage.
"One of the really important things, regardless of times of year, if you do experience an outage, get it in to us, give us a call. Make sure it gets on the book so that we're aware where an outage might be happening and how widespread it could be."
Anyone looking to report an outage to SaskPower can do so at 310-2220 or toll-free at 1-888-355-5589.