The lights are out, but everyone’s still home in downtown Portland.
A power outage occurred on Sunday that put Portland’s City Hall, Portland Building, and Multnomah County Courthouse, as well as much of the Pioneer Place shopping district, out of commission.
Court employees stood outside this morning to inform both employees and those scheduled for court appearances to come back Tuesday with hopes that the power will be back on. All court cases will be rescheduled due to the lack of lights, heating, and computers.
Individuals looking to pay traffic tickets or resolve family court cases are out of luck, a shock that many found frustrating, according to reports in The Oregonian. In addition to government buildings, the outage has taken down bank towers as well as many of the upscale stores near Pioneer Place and residential buildings nearby, a crushing setback for both business owners depending on holiday revenue and residents enduring one of the coldest winters Portland has experienced in decades.
While we take modern technology for granted most of the time, an occasional lesson on how electricity arrives at our disposal reminds us just how good we really have it. Electricity quite literally makes our technological age possible, but many users know precious little about how we are able to heat, light, run, and cool our homes and businesses.
You’ve got questions? We’ve got your answers. The next time a child pulls on your sleeve and asks how the lights turn on, you’ll be able to answer. In detail.
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Electricity is generated at a power plant and, from there, enters a transmission substation, located on power plant grounds. Long-distance transmission, which allows energy to reach homes in your community, occurs using a very high voltage on a transmission grid.
Your first priority is to keep your home safe. That includes safety from fire, flood, and robbery/forced entry.
Security lighting is an essential part of any home security system. Bright lights reveal intruders, draw attention to their location, and can wake homeowners from deep sleep to respond before damage is done. Discovering what is available can empower you to defend your property effectively, using the latest designs that can also provide a stylish boost to your home’s landscaping style and appearance.
By strategically placing outdoor lighting on and around your house, you can deter potential intruders. Criminals wish to remain anonymous and will avoid properties that are well-lit and appear to be protected by any type of alarm system. Consider the following lighting types for extra protection:
Outdoor lighting is pure magic. The shimmer and sparkle. The glory of a tree set ablaze in multi-colored, white, or pure blue glow.
While wrapping every inch of your porch awning or your front-yard foliage in glowing bulbs sounds like an excellent plan, the safety and success of your venture depends largely on electrical protocols - designed to prevent injury and property damage - based on The National Electrical Code. Consult the following list for detailed safety measures that can help you prevent electrocution and home fires, for a festive and flame-free holiday season.
Your electrical wiring nestles deep in your wall, away from prying eyes. While understanding how your wiring draws electricity into your home is probably not your first priority, knowing what to look for to prevent a home fire is essential, especially if you own one of those charmingly complicated domiciles known as an older home.
Aluminum Wire from the 70’s
Maybe you hopped the vintage fashion train and kept your or your parents’ bell bottoms from the 70’s. Small conductor aluminum wire, however - another 70’s throwback - is one vintage item worth getting rid of. Homes built during the 1960s and 1970s were frequently wired using this type of connection, which can overheat and lead to fires in attached receptacles, switches, and lights.