History on Blackouts

  • Year: July 4th, 1976 Community:Utah and parts of Wyoming
  • Year: October 17th 1989 Community: Northern California
  • Year: July 7th 1991 Community: Iowa to Ontario
  • Year: August 14th, 2003 Community: Manhattan, New York
  • Year: April 1st, 2103 Communtiy: Poland
  • Year: September 22nd 2013 Community: Trakia, Turkey

Interesting facts on Blackouts

  1. On average, 20 million lightning strikes occur in the United States leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark
  2. In 2009, 2,470 power outages were reported and kept 30% of the nation in darkness for 321 days
  3. 15,600 fires have happened during blackouts, $120 million in damage, 150 deaths, and 1,270 injuries every year
  4. Every country or region has a high probability risk of loosing power
  5. In July 2012 in India the worst blackout occurred causing 670 million people to be without power which is more then 2 times the population of the United States.

How do Blackouts Occur

Blackout can happen for many reasons. Some of them would be: problems at power stations, damage to equipment at power station, or certain over uses of energy including using your air conditioning or heater on high all day and night.

The Science behind Blackouts

The source for our electricity is HUGE, gigantic power plants. Usually power plants can burnout is too many people use electricity at the same time consistently. For example, if a heat wave were to hit New York and everyone was using their air conditioning on high all throughout the day and throughout the night so they can stay cool, their would be a power outage because of all the electricity consumed. Another way of having a blackout would be if the power plant was in need of maintenance and take the power off line for a little and other electric currents can pick up that the power is off line and actually cause a blackout.

What do do in case of a blackout

Before: Build an emergency kit, make a family communication plan, and fill plastic containers with water and set in refrigerator to chill or freeze to keep food cold. During: Do not open refrigerator or freezer, leave one light on so that when the power comes back you know, only use flashlights, when it is very hot stay cool by going to the lowest part of the house and stay hydrated, when cold wear many layers of warm clothing. After: Do not eat food that was in the refrigerator without power for more than a day because it could be spoiled and you can get very sick.

Vocabulary Words to Know

Rolling Blackouts:When electric companies shut down power to an area for a certain amount of time in order to avoid a total blackout of the power system.Energy Conservation:Using less energy by turning off lights or the TV, or walking or biking instead of driving a car.Electric Grid:The network that gets power from the power company to the consumer. It consists of power stations, transmission lines and transformers.