We have been having a lot of underground maintenance done, and any time that happens we have little yellow and orange flags pop up along the street like dandelions, along with color-coordinated spray paint that shows where the gas (yellow flags) and electric (orange flags) lines are. Sometimes the flags show up and it doesn’t appear that they’ve done any actual work in the neighborhood, but we’re hesitant to move the flags anyway, because they might need to know where things are for some time in the future. After about three months, we generally figure they won’t be back and feel comfortable pulling the flags up, particularly when there aren’t any utility trucks in the neighborhood.
We’re lucky in our subdivision because the electrical lines are buried rather being held aboveground by utility poles, like they are in the subdivision behind us. Having the electrical lines underground means there’s less of a chance that lightning will hit them and knock the power out. We have never really had a major power outage at our house. The electricity has gone out on occasion, but doesn’t stay out for hours at a time.
We don’t really give much thought to the electricity otherwise. It just always seems to be there. When it isn’t, we have battery-powered radios just in case, plus I keep a couple of power packs charged up so we can charge our phones and run some small appliances. Which reminds me, I really should get a couple more of them to have on hand…
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