In most of the United States, even as far south as Texas and Florida, there is the probability of winter weather, ice storms and even arctic freeze conditions. Power failures can be a direct result of these events.

Minimizing The Effects Of Power Failures Due To Ice Storms And Winter Weather

Power Failures

If a power failure lasts more than 4 to 5 hours, depending on the outside temperatures and the insulation level in the building, the building may no longer be heated above freezing. Power failures from ice storms especially can last several days. When the temperature in the building drops below freezing the fire sprinkler piping and the domestic water piping (toilets, faucets, etc.) is subject to freezing and, ultimately, cracking. The result will be water damage to the building once the temperatures rise and the pipes thaw. The damage from water can be extensive.


Monitor the national weather service during winter months in your area.

  • When subfreezing temperatures are predicted check all heating systems for proper operation. Service as
  • If an ice storm is predicted, anticipate a power failure at your facility. > Develop your plan ahead of time on how you will respond to a lengthy power failure and loss of heat.
  • To help you put your plan together, please see the following Travelers documents for guidance.
    • Winter Weather Checklist
    • Cold Weather: Planning Ahead
    • Emergency Planning – General Overview
  • Maintain safe roof access throughout the storm. Prepare equipment to be used for keeping drains clear and removing excessive snow loads from the roof.
  • Line up ahead of time appropriate licensed sprinkler contractors, plumbing contractors and electricians to assist with the preparations outlined below.

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