Instructions for Times of Disaster

Nobody knows when disasters will happen. It could be that the damage caused by an earthquake, typhoon or other disaster will force power outage. You are requested to make preparations for possible power outage during disasters, with avoidance of danger the first priority.

Please:

Keep away from broken or sagging power lines.

Power lines that are broken or sagging because of a typhoon, earthquake or other disaster could give electric shocks and are very dangerous. If you see such lines, notify the nearest Chugoku Electric Power Service Office about them. Do not go near or touch such power lines for any reason.
Please also notify the nearest Chugoku Electric Power Service Office immediately if you notice any trees, signboards, antennas or similar objects in contact with power lines, or any tilted power poles, etc.

Keep away from broken or sagging power lines.

If an earthquake happens:

Switch off and disconnect plugs.

Turn off electric appliances and disconnect their plugs if an earthquake happens. Be sure in particular to disconnect the plugs of appliances that become hot such as irons and hair dryers, since otherwise they could cause fire in an earthquake.

Switch off and disconnect plugs.

Before going out to take refuge:

Turn off the breakers.

Do not forget to turn off the breakers on the panel board, so as to turn off the power before going out to take refuge. This will prevent accidents or fire due to the power being left on. It's a good idea to remind yourself of the location of the safety breakers from time to time, so that in an emergency like this you won't be flustering to find them.

Turn off the breakers.

After the earthquake or other disaster:

If any electric appliances have become soaked in water, make sure they have dried and are safe before using them.

Electrical appliances that have been broken or soaked in water during a disaster could cause ground faults or fire. So could damaged or wet indoor wiring. Be sure to have such appliances / wiring inspected by an electrician or similar person, and only use them after it has been determined that they are safe.

If any electric appliances have become soaked in water, make sure they have dried and are safe before using them.

Preparations against disasters

Prepare a flashlight and a portable radio.

If the power is stopped suddenly by a disaster, the flashlight will be of great use and the portable radio will bring you information. Keep them in a readily visible place where they are easy to pick up. The batteries in the flashlight and radio will gradually run down even though they are not used, so check the batteries periodically and replace them if necessary.

Prepare a flashlight and a portable radio.

Fasten tin roofs and tents securely.

Tin roofs, tents, signboards and similar objects are liable to be blown away in typhoons. Such objects flying around will be extremely dangerous. They could also get caught on power poles or power lines or knock power poles over, causing power outage. Therefore such objects should be fastened securely in preparation against typhoons.
Antennas and tree branches are also liable to be blown away in typhoons and cause power outage. You should go and inspect the fastenings of your antenna once again.

Fasten tin roofs and tents securely.
  • When disasters cause power outage we work with all-out efforts to restore the power promptly. But if a disaster causes particularly large damage or bad road conditions, etc., prolonged power outage will sometimes result. We ask for your understanding in such situations.
  • Please direct inquiries about power outage to the nearest Chugoku Electric Power Service Office.
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