Utility Tip Tuesday: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning Install a UL-approved carbon monoxide detector and alarm. These devices measure the amount of carbon monoxide in the air and sound an alarm at certain levels. They should be considered as a backup and not as a replacement for proper use and maintenance of your fuel-burning appliances. Preventing carbon monoxide from becoming a problem in your home is better than relying on an alarm.
UPDATE: Crews replaced a transformer and other supporting equipment and power has been restored. ORIGINAL: Crews are responding to a power outage in the area of 1515 W. 2nd St. and are working to determine the cause of the outage at this time. Thank you for your patience!
Utility Tip Tuesday: Take steps to keep your home and family safe from fire Know what to do in case of a grease or electrical fire. If a pan is on fire, smother the flames with a lid. Otherwise, use baking soda. Never use water to put out a grease or electrical fire. Do not turn light switches on or off, if you smell leaking gas. The spark can cause a fire. Do not try to put out a flame if leaking gas begins to burn. Call 911 and turn off the gas service shutoff valve typically located near the gas meter, if it’s safe to do so.
We're up to 5 squirrel incidents in 5 days after the weekend - all causing temporary power outages for some residents. We're begging to catch a break from these guys this week, but if we don't, please report any outages (whether they're squirrel-related or not) to https://www.cityofhastings.org/huoutages Happy Monday!
UPDATE: It was a squirrel. Power has been restored. ORIGINAL: A crew is responding to a power outage mostly affecting the area around Hastings Industrial Park - West. (Here's hoping it wasn't another squirrel.)
UPDATE: Two squirrels, causing two power outages, in two days! Power has been restored to the area. ORIGINAL: A crew is investigating a power outage from the 1600 block of St. Joseph Avenue to the 500 block of W. 15th Street.
UPDATE: Power has been restored in the area. ORIGINAL: Crews are working on a power outage in the 500 block of S. Kansas Avenue. Thank you for your patience as we determine the cause of the outage and make necessary repairs if needed.
UPDATE: Power has been restored at both locations. ORIGINAL: Crews are investigating two separate power outages, in the 600 block of S. Kansas and Colorado Avenues, and in the 900-1200 blocks of Highland Road.
Utility Tip Tuesday Discover storm safety tips To help prevent further damage during a storm or outage. Follow these safety tips: -Avoid flooded locations and areas with downed trees. Both are typical places for downed lines to occur. Remember, call 9-1-1 first to report downed lines.... -Hire a licensed electrician to install your generator. Improperly installed generators can be dangerous for you, your family and our crews. -Unplug or turn off all appliances during an outage. This action can help avoid overloading circuits when the power is restored. -Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. When the power is restored, you can begin to turn your appliances on, one at a time.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Learn about cord safety Use the following guidelines to stay safe with electric cords: - Avoid placing electric cords under floor covering. Individuals may walk on the cords, and damage can occur without your notice.... - Check for cords that are broken, frayed, damaged or tied in knots, or cords that have melted insulation. Repair or replace damaged cords as soon as you notice them. - Use extension cords with three-pronged plugs if any electric equipment requires grounding. - Insert and remove plugs by grasping the plug. Pulling on the cord can damage your equipment. Be careful not to let your fingers touch the metal prongs.
The Hastings Utilities Department is updating its customer service fees beginning on Oct. 1. These fees can easily be avoided with the help of our convenient payment options to make sure a due date never slips your mind! Learn more about the fees and your options as a customer here: https://www.cityofhastings.org/…/utilities-customer-servic…/
Utility Tip Tuesday: Be cautious with electricity and water. Electricity and water can be a lethal combination, potentially causing severe electric shock or death. Follow these guidelines to stay safe around water and electricity: Avoid using radios, TVs or hair dryers near sinks or toilets. Small battery-powered radios may be safe to use.... Avoid standing in water when using electric equipment. Dry your hands before touching electric equipment.
As cooler weather approaches, we're getting ready to shut down Fisher Fountain for the year. We'll keep it up and running through Sunday this week, so come check out its improvements! More information: https://www.cityofhastings.org/…/fisher-fountain-to-shut-d…/
Utility Tip Tuesday: Always follow appliance instructions for improved electrical safety. “Read the instructions” should top the list of electrical safety tips at home. Understanding how to safely operate appliances improves both the performance of your device and your personal safety. Should any appliance give you even a slight electrical shock, stop using it until a qualified electrician checks it for problems.
A crew is responding to reports of power outages in the 800 block of Colorado Avenue, the 200 block of W. 7th Street, and the 200 block of W. 6th Street. If you are experiencing an outage in this area, please submit it to https://www.cityofhastings.org/huoutages to help us map the outage.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Be aware of heaters and water heaters to prevent potential accidents. Combustible items should be kept away from portable heaters and built-in furnaces. For furnace safety, store combustibles far away from any heating appliances. Portable heaters should not be operated close to drapes, and to prevent tipping, they should only ever be placed on a stable surface. On a related note, do you know what temperature your water heater is set to? High temperature settings eat into your water heater energy usage and can cause burns and unintentional scalding, especially in homes with small children.
Hastings Fire & Rescue battled an early-morning structure fire in the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue. The home was vacant at the time the fire started and no inj...uries were reported. Hastings Utilities, Hastings Police Department - Nebraska, Adams County Emergency Management, Hastings Rural, and the Nebraska State Fire Marshal all assisted on scene. More information: https://www.cityofhastings.org/…/hastings-fire-and-rescue-…/
UPDATE: Power has been restored to the surrounding homes, please use cityofhastings.org/huoutages if you are still without power. ORIGINAL: Power is being shut off in the area of 3rd and Jefferson for the safety of firefighters at a structure fire. Services will be turned back on once the scene is safe.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Unplug all your unused appliances to reduce potential risks. One of the simplest electrical safety tips is also one of the easiest to forget: when an appliance is not in use, unplug it. Not only does this save you power by reducing any phantom drain (the amount of energy the device consumes even when not actively in use), but unplugging unused appliances also protects them from overheating or power surges. It’s often difficult to remember to unplug unused appliances, but the new generation of smart plugs offers a solution, allowing you to set power schedules for each outlet.
Keep an eye on the forecast today as the potential for severe weather develops in the area.There will be a few mainly weak thunderstorms during the day, but stronger storms are possible this afternoon and evening. How strong and how many thunderstorms... this afternoon and evening will depend on how much clearing there is this afternoon. Keep up to date on the weather through the day.
Healthy soil and water are important to maintaining healthy drinking water supplied by our municipal wells. Farmers can take advantage of this cover crop cost sharing program to reap the benefits of a healthy harvest while keeping nutrient runoff out of local lakes and streams.The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District has just extended their cover crop cost share program to areas within the UBBNRD watershed and the City of Hasting...s Wellhead Protection Area. Cover crops are a proven method to reduce soil erosion, and in turn sediment and nutrient runoff. Farmers who take part in this program can make a big impact on soil and water health for generations to come! Check it out here: www.upperbigblue.org/WQMPIncentiveProgram
Utility Tip Tuesday: Give your appliances proper space for air circulation to avoid overheating. Without proper air circulation, electrical equipment can overheat and short out, and can become an electrical fire hazard. Make sure your appliances have proper air circulation, and avoid running electrical equipment in enclosed cabinets. For best electrical safety, it’s also important to store flammable objects well away from all appliances and electronics. Pay especially close attention to your gas or electric dryer, as these need to be situated at least a foot from the wall to function safely.