Reporting an Outage
Emergency generators for most buildings service only the fire-life-safety and security systems. Select locations have red-marked outlets specifically designed to power critical equipment in labs and other locations.
In case of a power outage:
- Assess the extent of the outage in your area.
- Report the outage to DPS.
- Help persons in darkened work areas move to safety.
- Check elevators to determine if anyone is trapped inside. If so, immediately call for help. Do not try to force elevator doors or make any other rescue attempt. Wait for a qualified elevator mechanic.
- Unplug desktop computers, equipment and appliances during the outage, especially if no surge protector is connected.
- Shutdown any equipment or process that could be hazardous if power suddenly returns.
- If practical, secure current experimental work before carting it to a safe location. Hazardous spills pose significant risk during transport of chemicals. Seek assistance if necessary.
- Keep lab refrigerators and freezers closed during a power outage. Take steps to protect materials dependent on power for cooling.
- Notify appropriate personnel of critical areas such as animal cages or other special spaces needing power.
- Activate your department/school business continuity plan.