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Power Outages

Power outages occur due to both planned and unplanned events. This map will help you locate and learn more about current outages.

Call us at 253-502-8602 to report an outage.

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Prepare for an outage

Power outages become more likely during fall and winter. Although Tacoma Power has a very reliable system, it’s a good idea to prepare for a power outage just in case it happens.

  • Keep our outage number handy: 253-502-8602.
  • Learn how to manually operate your automatic garage door.
  • If you use electricity for water, such as a well with an electric pump, have enough water available to last a couple of days. You should have at least a gallon of drinking water a day for each person in your house for drinking and cooking.
  • Put together an outage kit before an outage:
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Wind-up or battery-powered clock
    • Battery-powered radio
    • Extra batteries for flashlight, clock and radio
    • Food that you don’t have to heat
    • Manual can opener
  • Check Facebook and Twitter for updates. Spot the outage updates by looking for this photo:

Power Outages

Life support
If you or someone in your household depends on electricity for life support, please call us at 253-502-8600 before an emergency. We will note your account, and your home will be a priority during outages.

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The outage information we report is based on estimates and projections. Tacoma Power makes no express representations or warranties regarding its accuracy. We make every reasonable effort to post the best, most readily available data we have.

Power outage tips

During a power outage, follow these tips for safety:

  • Do not use a natural gas range to heat your home. Don’t burn charcoal for heat or cooking indoors. Both fuels give off dangerous fumes.
  • If you use a kerosene or propane space heater, open a window for ventilation. Otherwise, there is a real danger of death from carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Use flashlights, not candles. Candles may start a fire.
  • Never plug portable or auxiliary generators in to a wall outlet. Learn more about generator safety.
How to tell a communications line from a power line

Communications lines are the lowest lines on a power pole. They are thinner than power lines, which hang above. Click here to view a diagram that shows all the different lines running from the street to your home.