What to do if you experience regular blinks
Our equipment is actually working like it should when the power blinks. Like a circuit breaker in your home, a blink in power occurs when the system automatically shuts the power down to isolate the problem. This process happens automatically using equipment called a recloser. The reclosers protect our system from more serious damage which could result in a longer outage and affect more members.
For example, when a tree is on a line, the recloser will open momentarily with the fault then close again to try to restore the power. It may open and close several times over a few seconds before it senses that the problem is no longer there. Thus, the blinking lights in your home.
If the recloser goes through its full operational sequence and the fault is not cleared, it locks open, prevent electricity from flowing down the line, causing a power outage. That is when a lineman must physically find the problem and manually fix it, which is often time and labor intensive.
This is the part where you come in. It’s much harder to find an issue that is causing the power to blink than finding a problem that is causing the power to go completely out. You can help! Any time you experience repeated disruptions to your electric service, please let us know! You can call 800-279-SIEA or email email@example.com. It is important to report continued or regular blinking so we can dispatch lineworkers to patrol the area and start looking for the cause before the issue causes more severe and costly damage or a complete power outage. Never try to clear debris or vegetation from power equipment yourself. Always call us.