Despite Trico's use of lightning-protection devices, lightning strikes our equipment often, particularly in areas with few trees. Lightning strikes can cause an immediate outage or damage that may cause an outage later. Lightning storms strike most frequently during our summer months.
Trico continually looks for ways to upgrade our equipment and increase service reliability. However, there will be times that the power goes off.
Life Sustaining Equipment
Some Trico members use life-sustaining medical equipment. This equipment is so vital that an interruption of electricity could pose an immediate threat to life. Please make sure cooperative personnel are aware of this so we may place this information in our computer and on our maps. Since Trico cannot guarantee uninterrupted service, the member is responsible for acquiring a backup power supply (batteries, generator, etc.) for the medical equipment.
Remember: Don't hook up a generator or other power source to your service unless you have the correct equipment or a transfer switch installed by an electrician and inspected by Trico. Generators without power switches will allow power to flow out the lines where it can be a deadly hazard for line maintenance crews.