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Utilities Outage

Utility outages do not necessarily represent an emergency that threatens life, but they can cause work disruptions, expensive damage, safety concerns and, 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 issue caused by, or likely to result from, the outage or continuing operations under current conditions. Some examples are:

Power Outage

Look for safety equipment dependent on power and cease operations if necessary. Examples are:

  • Fume hoods in labs
  • Dust evacuation systems
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Alarm activation
  • Elevator failure
    • Passengers should use the emergency phone in the elevator. If necessary call UTPD or 865-974-3111.
    • Do not attempt to rescue passengers stuck in the elevator
    • Establish and maintain communications with otherĀ  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