In the dark? Learn more about power outages

A mother and daughter read under the covers by flashlight together. Their dog sleeps beside them.

This article was published in July 2023 and may be outdated.

Manitoba summers bring the high temperatures and sunshine we’ve been dreaming about all winter. The warm weather can also bring high chances of thunderstorms, which leaves Manitobans at risk for power outages.

High winds and lightning are some of the most common reasons for power outages in Manitoba. If your power goes out, we work as safely and efficiently as possible to restore it.

Although we cannot predict an outage, it is important to be prepared and know what to do when the lights go out.

Before an outage occurs

Make sure that essential items are stored where they will be easy to find in the dark.

We suggest items such as:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable charger for mobile devices
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets
  • Candles

If your home is affected by an outage

While you’re waiting for your power to be restored

  • Turn off all electrical appliances. Pay special attention to appliances you were using when the power went out, such as the stove or oven.
  • Turn off the main breaker to reduce the chance of appliance damage and safety problems before leaving your house if power is restored while you’re away.
  • Unplug electronic equipment to protect it from a voltage surge when the outage is resolved.

Worried about food storage?

An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours, and a full freezer will keep food frozen for about 48 hours. Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer unless you know the power will be out for longer periods of time.