With winter weather approaching, BC Hydro would like to remind everyone about important contact information for power outages.

To report a power outage call 1-888-POWERON (1-888-769-3766) or *HYDRO (*49376) from your cell phone.

For the most up-to-date information on current, restored or planned outages, visit www.bchydro.com/outages/orsTableView.jsp.

As well, the information can be viewed on a web-enabled wireless mobile device at www.bchydro.com/news/power_outages/outage_mobile.html.

In the case of a power outage, turn off all appliances, including home computers, and especially anything that generates heat to prevent hazards or damage when service is restored. Also turn off all lights except one inside your home, and one outside. This will let you and BC Hydro crews know when the power is back on. Have a well-stocked emergency kit in an easy-to-find location, that includes a battery operated flashlight.

And as an important safety remind, BC Hyrdro reminds the public to remain at least 10 metres back from any downed power lines.