Severe Weather Safety

When severe weather strikes, take these steps to stay safe and comfortable.

Know that when your power is out after a storm, KCP&L is working as swiftly as possible to get you back online. 

In the meantime, these tips can help keep you safe during an outage: 

  • Stay away from power lines, meters and other equipment. Always assume a downed power line is still energized.
  • Report an outage through our online form if you have access to the internet or a smartphone. Or call our automated line at 1-888-LIGHT-KC (544-4852). This line is automated because that’s the fastest way to get your information to our crews who are working to restore power.
  • Turn off most of your lights and unplug appliances and other electronic equipment to avoid overload damage when power is restored.
  • Unplug any heat-producing devices, like irons and stoves, to reduce the danger of fire if power is restored while you are away.
  • Avoid opening your freezer and refrigerator doors. A full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half full) if the door remains closed.

Safety Tips for Cold Weather 

Extreme cold is brutal for everyone. Follow these tips to stay warm: 

  • Wear Layers

    Several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
  • Bring Pets Indoors

    If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and access to unfrozen water.
  • Watch Space Heater Placement

    If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface. Keep anything flammable at least three feet away (such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs).
  • Use a Fire Place Screen

    If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Check Fire Hazards

    Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Prevent Frozen Pipes

    Run water, even at a trickle, to prevent pipes from freezing and open cabinet doors for warmer air. Move harmful cleaners out of children's reach. Keep garage doors close if there are water lines in the garage.
  • Don't Heat with a Stove

    Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Operate Generators Outside

    Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
  • Practice Generator Safety

    Don't hook a generator up to the home's wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on your generator.
  • Don't Touch the Thermostat

    Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
  • Winter Storm Health Hazards

    Two potentially life-threatening dangers occur in freezing conditions―frostbite and hypothermia. Wear warm, loose-fitting, layered clothing to help protect yourself and your family from them, and learn to recognize your symptoms. 

    • Frostbite is the freezing of toes, fingers and other body parts. Its symptoms include cold, waxy or discolored skin ,ranging from flushed to white, gray, yellow or blue, and loss of feeling in the affected areas. If you suspect frostbite has occurred, move the person to a warm place and get medical assistance as soon as possible. Warm but do not rub the affected areas.
    • Hypothermia is a shut-down of the body's warming system. Its symptoms include shivering, weakness, numbness, confusion and unconsciousness. Move the person to a warm place, replace any wet clothing to warm, dry clothes and call 911.