Experts give tips for dealing with utility troubles during extreme cold

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Power outages struck several Kentucky communities on Tuesday, as the deep freeze continues. About 2,000 to 3,000 Kentucky Utilities customers were affected by outages on Tuesday morning. Outages were reported in Lexington, Scott County and Anderson County. Most of those outages have since been restored.

Hillcrest Avenue in Lexington was one the spots where people had no power. KU officials say their system is equipped to handle the high demand for energy. In the case of the Hillcrest outage, KU says a tree branch snapped and hit some power lines.

If you lose power, there are some alternative heat sources you can use. Officials warn you need to be extra cautious with those.

"If you lose power, if you have a generator, you want to make sure you don't operate that indoors. You can get poisoned from that. Also, if you use supplemental heat, such as a kerosene heater, you want to use that in a well-ventilated area and make sure you don't have exposure to any toxic chemicals from that too," said Daniel Lowry with Kentucky Utilities.

Officials also say keeping a light drip on your sink going along with keeping your cabinet doors open can save you from battling any frozen pipes in the extreme cold temperatures.

"Temperatures are going to be pretty cold the next several days, so whatever you can do to help prevent frozen pipes is a good idea," said Susan Lancho with Kentucky American Water.
WKYT spoke with one woman who says power went out in her home creating frigid temperatures for her and her 6-month-old baby.

"It's still cold. It's going to take a while to heat it back up. We have two furnaces, one for upstairs and one for downstairs so we're having to blast both of them. So now, our electric bill is going to be high."

Blue Grass Energy also reported an outage of about 600 customers in Nicholasville on Tuesday morning. The outage has since been restored.

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