Utilities Outage

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Utility outages do not necessarily represent an emergency that threatens life, but they can cause work disruptions, expensive damage, and safety concerns, and they can escalate to full-blown emergencies.

Examples of Utility Outages:

  • Electric
  • Water
  • Telephone
  • Steam or Gas
  • Electric or Chilled Water

Safety Issues
Look and report any safety issues caused by — or likely to result from — the outage or continuing operations under current conditions. Some examples are:

Power Outage

If applicable, look for safety equipment dependent on power and cease operations if necessary.  For instance:

  • Fume hoods in labs
  • Dust evacuation systems
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Alarm activation
  • Elevator failure
    • Passengers should use the emergency phone/intercom in the elevator. If necessary, call Lee College Security at 281.425.6888.
    • Do not attempt to rescue passengers stuck in the elevator.
    • Establish and maintain communications with passengers.


  • Stop using all electrical equipment
  • Look for slip hazards

Gas Leak

  • Cease all operations
  • Do not use light switches
  • Evacuate as soon as possible