Irene’s Coming: Prepare For Potential Power Outage
While we're still not sure how close Hurricane Irene will come to our area, we do know there will be an impact, possibly including power outages.
With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, PECO is preparing.
The utility’s full emergency response organization is preparing for the damage Irene may inflict upon our area this weekend, according to a news release from PECO.
Here are some tips from PECO:
How you can prepare:
- Keep PECO's emergency telephone number (1-800-841-4141) handy
- Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home
- Have a battery powered clock and radio available
If an outage occurs:
- Customers without power should contact the company at 1-800-841-4141. The more customers who call to report an outage, the more effectively PECO can dispatch crews and restore service. The company's automated telephone system can quickly record your outage, allowing customer care representatives to remain available to handle reports of dangerous situations.
- Stay away from downed wires, damaged electric equipment, and tree limbs and branches contacting electrical equipment. Always assume PECO's equipment is energized--even if there is an outage in your neighborhood. Report these dangerous conditions to PECO immediately.
- Turn off and unplug appliances and other devices to prevent possible damage. Remember to keep one light on so you know when service has been restored.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Move meats, cheese, milk, etc. into the freezer to stay colder longer. A partially full freezer can keep food frozen for up to 24 hours, and up to 48 hours when full.
- Customers with generators should never connect them directly to home wiring or plug them into household outlets. Generators connected to home wiring can 'backfeed' into PECO's electric delivery system, risking serious injury or death to PECO crews. Generators should always be placed outside to prevent carbon-monoxide poisoning.
Tips provided by PECO.